Definition of bodkin in English:
- Thus the body of the witch might be subjected to penetration by bodkins or needles as the insensible spot was sought.
- Isaac Newton risked his vision by poking a bodkin beneath his eyeball to understand how we see.
- There is a nail knot/tying tool, clipper/nipper, a bodkin - which as we all know is a needle.
- This situation, Durkheim reasons, maximizes the probability that the temptation for the individual to end it all with a bare bodkin will not be resisted.
- Thankfully, the other film's plentiful bare bodkins come to rescue us from anticipation frustration.
- The heavy draw weight of these warbows requires a significantly heavier shafted arrow, usually with some form of bodkin head, which had enough weight to strike its target with frightening power.
The origin is perhaps Celtic linked with Irish bod, Welsh bidog, and Scottish Gaelic biodag ‘dagger’. This was the first sense recorded in English and is used by Shakespeare in Hamlet: ‘When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin’. Another early use was for a sharp instrument for piercing cloth; now, in needlework, a bodkin is, on the contrary, blunt with a large eye for threading tape and other thick threads through material.
- US English dictionary
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