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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Example sentences
She is a fourth-generation artist in the family tradition of bobbin lacemaking.
When you reach the point on the hook shank where your thread and bobbin are directly above the point of the hook, stop.
Bobbin lace has become a rare folk art, due primarily to the tremendous amount of time required to make a single piece.
He was a born inventor and invented a bobbin that saved thousands of dollars per year in the manufacturing of cloth.
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