a toothed strip of plastic, hard rubber, bone, wood, or metal, used for arranging the hair, untangling it, or holding it in place.
any comblike instrument, object, or formation.
the fleshy, more or less serrated outgrowth on the head of certain gallinaceous birds, especially the domestic fowl.
something resembling or suggesting this, as the crest of a wave.
a honeycomb, or any similar group of cells.
a machine for separating choice cotton or wool fibers from noil.
a comblike instrument for imparting a grainlike finish to a painted surface.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a ridge of a roof.
a series of springlike prongs projecting from a spine, usually of plastic, for making a loose-leaf binding.
a trowel having a notched edge for applying adhesives in setting tiles or the like.
Armor. a ridge along the top of a helmet, especially of the morion.
Masonry. (def 31).
the upper edge of the buttstock of a rifle or shotgun.
verb (used with object)
to arrange or adorn (the hair) with a comb.
to use (something) in the manner of a comb:
She was slowly combing her fingers through her hair.
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.
to search everywhere in:
He combed the files for the missing letter.
to separate (textile fibers) with a comb.
to scrape with or as with a comb.
to sweep across; rake:
High winds combed the seacoast.
verb (used without object)
to roll over or break at the crest, as a wave.
[koh-mingz] /ˈkoʊ mɪŋz/
hairs removed with a or a brush.
a toothed device of metal, plastic, wood, etc, used for disentangling or arranging hair
a tool or machine that separates, cleans, and straightens wool, cotton, etc
(Austral & NZ) the fixed cutter on a sheep-shearing machine
anything resembling a toothed comb in form or function
the fleshy deeply serrated outgrowth on the top of the heads of certain birds, esp the domestic fowl
anything resembling the comb of a bird
the row of fused cilia in a ctenophore
go over with a fine-tooth comb, go over with a fine-toothed comb, go through with a fine-tooth comb, go through with a fine-toothed comb, to examine very thoroughly
(transitive) to use a comb on
when tr, often foll by through. to search or inspect with great care: the police combed the woods
the loose hair, wool, etc, removed by combing, esp that of animals
the unwanted loose short fibres removed in combing cotton, etc
Old English camb “comb, crest, honeycomb” (later Anglian comb), from West Germanic *kambaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German camb, German Kamm, Middle Dutch cam, Dutch kam, Old Norse kambr), literally “toothed object,” from PIE *gombhos, from root *gembh- “to bite, tooth” (cf. Greek gomphos “a molar tooth,” Sanskrit gambha-s “tooth”).
late 14c. (implied in past participle kombid), verb derived from comb (n.); replacing the former verb, Old English cemban, which however survives in unkempt. Related: Combed; combing.
Center of Marine Biotechnology
see: fine-tooth comb
[koh-mingz] /ˈkoʊ mɪŋz/ plural noun 1. hairs removed with a or a brush. /ˈkəʊmɪŋz/ plural noun 1. the loose hair, wool, etc, removed by combing, esp that of animals 2. the unwanted loose short fibres removed in combing cotton, etc
noun, Grammar. 1. a linguistic form that occurs only in combination with other forms. In word formation, a combining form may conjoin with an independent word (mini- + skirt), another combining form (photo- + -graphy), or an affix (cephal- + -ic); it is thus distinct from an affix, which can be added to either a […]
noun, Chemistry. 1. the atomic weight of an atom or radical divided by its valence.
[kohm] /koʊm/ noun 1. any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, comprising various nearly transparent creatures having rounded, oval, or band-shaped bodies propelled by eight iridescent appendages composed of cilia arranged like teeth on a comb. noun 1. another name for a ctenophore comb jelly (kōm) See ctenophore.