from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mechanical part in a loom that controls the harnesses so as to permit weaving of small geometric figures.
- n. A small geometric figure woven into fabric.
- n. A fabric with such figures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device in some looms that allows the weaving of small, geometric patterns
- n. The patterns so woven, or the fabric containing the patterns
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apparatus resembling a Jacquard for weaving small figures (usually about 12 - 16 threads, seldom more than 36 - 40 threads).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fool; a childish old man.
- n. A sprite or apparition.
- n. Same as dobby-machine.
Perhaps from Dobbie, diminutive of Dob, alteration of Rob, nickname for Robert.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)