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n. pl. dob·bies
1. A mechanical part in a loom that controls the harnesses so as to permit weaving of small geometric figures.
a. A small geometric figure woven into fabric.
b. A fabric with such figures.

[Perhaps from Dobbie, diminutive of Dob, alteration of Rob, nickname for Robert.]


n, pl -bies
(Textiles) an attachment to a loom, used in weaving small figures
[C17: perhaps from Dobby, pet form of Robert]


(ˈdɒb i)

n., pl. -bies.
1. an attachment on a loom, used in weaving small patterns.
2. Also called dob′by weave`. a small geometric or floral pattern produced by this attachment.
3. a fabric having such a pattern.
[1685–95; of uncertain orig.]
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