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comb

noun \ ˈkōm \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of comb

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

combed

play \ˈkōmd\ adjective

comblike

play \ˈkōm-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of comb

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


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comb

verb

Definition of comb

transitive verb
1 : to draw a comb through for the purpose of arranging or cleaning
2 : to pass across with a scraping or raking action
3 a : to eliminate (as with a comb) by a thorough going-over
b : to search or examine systematically
  • police are combing the city
4 : to use in a combing action
intransitive verb
1 of a wave or its crest : to roll over or break into foam
2 : to make a thorough search
  • comb through the classified ads

Examples of comb in a Sentence

  1. He combed back his hair.

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

  3. We combed the beach for shells.

Recent Examples of comb from the Web

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First Known Use of comb

14th century

comb Synonyms

Synonyms
search, dig (through), dredge, hunt (through), rake, ransack, rifle, rummage, scour, sort (through), troll
Related Words
frisk, pat down, shake down; audit, check (out), examine, inspect, investigate, review, scan, scrutinize, survey; ascertain, descry, detect, determine, discover, ferret (out), find, find out, get, hit (on or upon), learn, locate, run down, scare up, track (down); grub (about), poke (around); explore, probe, prospect, skirmish, snoop; browse, glance (over), look over; peruse, study
Near Antonyms
hide; abandon, lose; ignore, neglect

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comb

abbreviation

Definition of comb



COMB Defined for English Language Learners

comb

noun

Definition of comb for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


comb

verb

Definition of comb for English Language Learners

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

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


COMB Defined for Kids

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comb

noun \ ˈkōm \

Definition of comb for Students

1 : a toothed implement used to smooth and arrange the hair or worn in the hair to hold it in place
2 : a soft fleshy part on top of the head of a chicken or some related birds
3 : honeycomb

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comb

verb

Definition of comb for Students

combed; combing
1 : to smooth, arrange, or untangle with a comb
2 : to search over or through carefully
  • Police combed the building in search of evidence.


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