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Borrowed from French bobine, recorded in English since 1530.


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bobbin (plural bobbins)

  1. A spool or cylinder around which wire is coiled.
    • Jan. 8, 2004, Machine Design Magazine, p. 108
      Ignition coils using a bobbin molded from high-performance polyester withstand open-circuit bench tests to 70kV.
  2. In a sewing machine, the small spool that holds the lower thread.
    Wind the bobbin, place it in the machine, and raise the thread.
  3. The little rounded piece of wood at the end of a latch string, which is pulled to raise the latch.
  4. (haberdashery) A fine cord or narrow braid.

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