Bobbin lace

Bobbin lace
Bobbin Bob"bin, n. [F. bobine; of uncertain origin; cf. L. bombus a humming, from the noise it makes, or Ir. & Gael. baban tassel, or E. bob.] 1. A small pin, or cylinder, formerly of bone, now most commonly of wood, used in the making of pillow lace. Each thread is wound on a separate bobbin which hangs down holding the thread at a slight tension. [1913 Webster]

2. A spool or reel of various material and construction, with a head at one or both ends, and sometimes with a hole bored through its length by which it may be placed on a spindle or pivot. It is used to hold yarn or thread, as in spinning or warping machines, looms, sewing machines, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. The little rounded piece of wood, at the end of a latch string, which is pulled to raise the latch. [1913 Webster]

4. (Haberdashery) A fine cord or narrow braid. [1913 Webster]

5. (Elec.) A cylindrical or spool-shaped coil or insulated wire, usually containing a core of soft iron which becomes magnetic when the wire is traversed by an electrical current. [1913 Webster]

{Bobbin and fly frame}, a roving machine.

{Bobbin lace}, lace made on a pillow with bobbins; pillow lace. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bobbin lace — is a lace textile made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread, which are wound on bobbins to manage them. As the work progresses, the weaving is held in place with pins set in a lace pillow, the placement of the pins usually determined by a… …   Wikipedia

  • bobbin lace — lace made by hand with bobbins of thread, the thread being twisted around pins stuck into a pattern placed on a pillow or pad. Also called pillow lace. * * * ▪ lacework also called  pillow lace , or  bone lace   with needle lace, one of two main… …   Universalium

  • bobbin lace — n. a lace whose design is laid out on a pillowlike pad with pins around which thread on bobbins is drawn and interlaced …   English World dictionary

  • bobbin lace — noun a handmade lace worked on a pillow with threads wound on bobbins; the pattern is marked out on the pillow by pins • Syn: ↑pillow lace • Hypernyms: ↑lace • Hyponyms: ↑Valenciennes, ↑Valenciennes lace …   Useful english dictionary

  • bobbin lace — noun A form of hand made lace in which the thread is wound around bobbins on a padded cushion; pillow lace …   Wiktionary

  • bobbin lace — bob′bin lace n. tex lace made by hand with bobbins of thread …   From formal English to slang

  • bobbin lace — noun lace made by hand with thread wound on bobbins …   English new terms dictionary

  • bobbin lace — /ˈbɒbən ˌleɪs/ (say bobuhn .lays) noun lace made by hand with bobbins of thread, the threads being twisted round pins stuck into a pattern placed on a pillow …   Australian English dictionary

  • Lace — is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. The holes can be formed via removal of threads or cloth from a previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as part of the lace fabric.… …   Wikipedia

  • Lace — • The two earliest known specimens of lace worked linen albs are that of St. Francis, preserved at St. Clare s convent, Assisi, and the alb of Pope Boniface VIII, now in the treasury of the Sistine Chapel Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

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