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bobbin

[bob-in] /ˈbɒb ɪn/
noun
1.
a reel, cylinder, or spool upon which yarn or thread is wound, as used in spinning, machine sewing, lacemaking, etc.
2.
Electricity.
  1. a spoollike form around which a coil of insulated wire is wound to provide an inductance.
  2. the coil itself.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Middle French bobine hank of thread, perhaps bob- an expressive base akin to bob2 + -ine -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for bob-bin

bobbin

/ˈbɒbɪn/
noun
1.
a spool or reel on which thread or yarn is wound, being unwound as required; spool; reel
2.
narrow braid or cord used as binding or for trimming
3.
a device consisting of a short bar and a length of string, used to control a wooden door latch
4.
  1. a spool on which insulated wire is wound to form the coil of a small electromagnetic device, such as a bell or buzzer
  2. the coil of such a spool
5.
(pl) (Brit, slang) matter that is worthless or of inferior quality; rubbish
Word Origin
C16: from Old French bobine, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bob-bin

bobbin

n.

1520s, from French bobine, small instrument used in sewing or tapestry-making, perhaps from Latin balbus (see babble (v.)) for the stuttering, stammering noise it made.

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