comb
comb1
combless, adj.comblessness, n.
/kohm/, n.
1. a toothed strip of plastic, hard rubber, bone, wood, or metal, used for arranging the hair, untangling it, or holding it in place.
2. a currycomb.
3. any comblike instrument, object, or formation.
4. the fleshy, more or less serrated outgrowth on the head of certain gallinaceous birds, esp. the domestic fowl.
5. something resembling or suggesting this, as the crest of a wave.
6. a honeycomb, or any similar group of cells.
7. a machine for separating choice cotton or wool fibers from noil.
8. a comblike instrument for imparting a grainlike finish to a painted surface.
9. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a ridge of a roof.
10. a series of springlike prongs projecting from a spine, usually of plastic, for making a loose-leaf binding.
11. a trowel having a notched edge for applying adhesives in setting tiles or the like.
12. Armor. a ridge along the top of a helmet, esp. of the morion.
13. Masonry. drag (def. 31).
14. the upper edge of the buttstock of a rifle or shotgun.
v.t.
15. to arrange or adorn (the hair) with a comb.
16. to use (something) in the manner of a comb: She was slowly combing her fingers through her hair.
17. to remove (anything undesirable) with or as if with a comb: She combed the snarls out of her hair. They combed the cowards from the group.
18. to search everywhere in: He combed the files for the missing letter.
19. to separate (textile fibers) with a comb.
20. to scrape with or as with a comb.
21. to sweep across; rake: High winds combed the seacoast.
v.i.
22. to roll over or break at the crest, as a wave.
[bef. 900; ME; OE comb, camb; c. OHG kamb (G Kamm), ON kambr, Gk gómphos pin, peg, gomphíos molar tooth; see CAM]
comb2
/koohm, kohm/, n.
combe.

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Synonyms:
, / (for wool, hair, flax, etc.) / , (of a cock or bird) / , (of a wave) / , (with a comb), , , ,


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  • comb — comb1 [kōm] n. [ME < OE camb, comb, lit., toothed object < IE * g̑ombhos (> Sans jámbah, Gr gomphos, tooth) < base * ĝembh ,ĝombh , to bite, tooth] 1. a thin strip of hard rubber, plastic, metal, etc. with teeth, passed through the… …   English World dictionary

  • Comb — Comb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Combed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Combing}.] To disentangle, cleanse, or adjust, with a comb; to lay smooth and straight with, or as with, a comb; as, to comb hair or wool. See under {Combing}. [1913 Webster] Comb down his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comb — (k[=o]m; 110), n. [AS. camb; akin to Sw., Dan., & D. kam, Icel. kambr, G. kamm, Gr. ? a grinder tooth, Skr. jambha tooth.] 1. An instrument with teeth, for straightening, cleansing, and adjusting the hair, or for keeping it in place. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comb — Comb, v. i. [See {Comb}, n., 5.] (Naut.) To roll over, as the top or crest of a wave; to break with a white foam, as waves. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comb — Comb, Combe Combe (? or ?), n. [AS. comb, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwm a dale, valley.] That unwatered portion of a valley which forms its continuation beyond and above the most elevated spring that issues into it. [Written also {coombe}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comb — (n.) O.E. camb comb, crest, honeycomb (later Anglian comb), from W.Gmc. *kambaz (Cf. O.S., O.H.G. camb, Ger. Kamm, M.Du. cam, Du. kam, O.N. kambr), lit. toothed object, from PIE *gombhos, from root *gembh to bite, tooth (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • comb — [v1] arrange hair adjust, card, cleanse, curry, disentangle, dress, groom, hackle, hatchel, lay smooth, rasp, scrape, separate, smooth, sort, straighten, tease, untangle; concept 162 comb [v2] search by ransacking beat, beat the bushes*, examine …   New thesaurus

  • comb — ► NOUN 1) an article with a row of narrow teeth, used for untangling or arranging the hair. 2) a device for separating and dressing textile fibres. 3) the red fleshy crest on the head of a domestic fowl, especially a cock. 4) a honeycomb. ► VERB… …   English terms dictionary

  • Comb — Comb, n. A dry measure. See {Coomb}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comb — (spr. Kohm), englisches Getreidemaß, 100 C. = 265 preuß. Scheffel, 2 C. = 1 Imp. Quarter …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Comb — (spr. kōm oder kūm), engl. Hohlmaß, s. Coom …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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