Definitions for: Comb

[n] the act of drawing a comb through hair; "his hair needed a comb"
[n] the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
[n] ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore
[n] a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair
[n] any of several tools for straightening fibers
[n] a fleshy and deeply serrated outgrowth atop the heads of certain birds especially domestic fowl
[v] smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb; "comb your hair before dinner"; "comb the wool"
[v] search thoroughly; "They combed the area for the missing child"
[v] straighten with a comb; "comb your hair"; "comb the wool"

Webster (1913) Definition: Comb (?; 110), n. [AS. camb; akin to Sw., Dan., & D. kam,
Icel. kambr, G. kamm, Gr. ? a grinder tooth, Skr. jambha
1. An instrument with teeth, for straightening, cleansing,
and adjusting the hair, or for keeping it in place.

2. An instrument for currying hairy animals, or cleansing and
smoothing their coats; a currycomb.

3. (Manuf. & Mech.)
(a) A toothed instrument used for separating and cleansing
wool, flax, hair, etc.
(b) The serrated vibratory doffing knife of a carding
(c) A former, commonly cone-shaped, used in hat
manufacturing for hardening the soft fiber into a bat.
(d) A tool with teeth, used for chasing screws on work in
a lathe; a chaser.
(e) The notched scale of a wire micrometer.
(f) The collector of an electrical machine, usually
resembling a comb.

4. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The naked fleshy crest or caruncle on the upper part
of the bill or hood of a cock or other bird. It is
usually red.
(b) One of a pair of peculiar organs on the base of the
abdomen of scorpions.

5. The curling crest of a wave.

6. The waxen framework forming the walls of the cells in
which bees store their honey, eggs, etc.; honeycomb. ``A
comb of honey.'' --Wyclif.

When the bee doth leave her comb. --Shak.

7. The thumbpiece of the hammer of a gunlock, by which it may
be cocked.

Comb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Combed; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

Comb down his hair; look, look! it stands upright.

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.

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.] --Buckland.

A gradual rise the shelving combe Displayed. --Southey.

Comb, n.
A dry measure. See Coomb.

Synonyms: cockscomb, comb out, combing, coxcomb, disentangle, ransack

See Also: caruncle, caruncula, cock, comb jelly, comb-out, crest, ctenophore, currycomb, device, fine-tooth comb, fine-toothed comb, fluff, gallinaceon, gallinaceous bird, gobbler, groom, hackle, hair care, hairdressing, hatchel, heckle, neaten, plate, pocket comb, pocketcomb, rooster, search, sleek down, slick, slick down, straighten, straighten out, tease, teasing, tom, tom turkey, tool, tooth, turkey cock

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