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comb

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noun \ˈkōm\

Simple Definition of comb

  • : a flat piece of plastic or metal with a row of thin teeth that is used for making hair neat

  • : a device that is used for separating or straightening fibers (such as wool fibers)

  • : a soft part on top of the head of some birds (such as chickens)

Full Definition of comb

  1. 1 a :  a toothed instrument used especially for adjusting, cleaning, or confining hair b :  a structure resembling such a comb; especially :  any of several toothed devices used in handling or ordering textile fibers c :  currycomb

  2. 2 a :  a fleshy crest on the head of the domestic chicken and other domestic birds b :  something (as the ridge of a roof) resembling the comb of a cock

  3. 3 :  honeycomb

combed play \ˈkōmd\ adjective
comb·like play \ˈkōm-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of comb

Middle English, from Old English camb; akin to Old High German kamb comb, Greek gomphos tooth


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with comb


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comb

verb

Simple Definition of comb

  • : to smooth, arrange, or separate (hair or fibers) with a comb

  • : to search (something) very thoroughly in order to find something

Full Definition of comb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw a comb through for the purpose of arranging or cleaning

  3. 2 :  to pass across with a scraping or raking action

  4. 3 a :  to eliminate (as with a comb) by a thorough going-over b :  to search or examine systematically <police are combing the city>

  5. 4 :  to use in a combing action

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 of a wave or its crest :  to roll over or break into foam

  8. 2 :  to make a thorough search <comb through the classified ads>

Examples of comb

  1. He combed back his hair.

  2. The wool is combed before being spun into yarn.

  3. We combed the beach for shells.



14th Century

First Known Use of comb

14th century


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comb

abbreviation

Definition of comb






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