bob-bin

bobbin

[bob-in]
noun
1.
a reel, cylinder, or spool upon which yarn or thread is wound, as used in spinning, machine sewing, lacemaking, etc.
2.
Electricity.
a.
a spoollike form around which a coil of insulated wire is wound to provide an inductance.
b.
the coil itself.

Origin:
1520–30; < Middle French bobine hank of thread, perhaps bob- an expressive base akin to bob2 + -ine -ine2

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bobbin (ˈbɒbɪn)
 
n
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.  a.  a spool on which insulated wire is wound to form the coil of a small electromagnetic device, such as a bell or buzzer
 b.  the coil of such a spool
5.  slang (Brit) (plural) matter that is worthless or of inferior quality; rubbish
 
[C16: from Old French bobine, of unknown origin]

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