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comber

[koh-mer] /ˈkoʊ mər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that combs.
2.
a long, curling wave.
Origin of comber
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; comb1 + -er1
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  • "The fact that you telegraph to Jack implies that there is something to telegraph about," said comber.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • No telling when a comber may come aboard, and it will carry you off like a chip.

    Tom Fairfield at Sea Allen Chapman
  • comber was a clergyman, and a relative of the Duke of Leeds.

    Tobias Smollett Oliphant Smeaton
  • There was immediate silence—every one turned first to comber, and then back to Peter.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • They turned their eyes from the shore to the comber and waited.

  • Far to the north they fell and burst into white spray, as though a long Atlantic comber were pounding on a rocky shore.

  • He had scarcely finished speaking when a comber curled over at its top rose up close ahead, and the boat went into it to the mast.

  • Their whitened tops broke over her, her canvas ran water, and every other minute she plunged into a comber with buried bows.

  • Then as a comber fell upon her they sprang back to the jibsheet and hauled upon it, while the spray flew all over them.

  • There remains to be chronicled of that first term only the comber Fight and, a little conversation, one windy day, with Galleon.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for comber

comber

/ˈkəʊmə/
noun
1.
a person, tool, or machine that combs wool, flax, etc
2.
a long curling wave; roller
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Word Origin and History for comber
n.

c.1200, "one who cards wool," agent noun from comb (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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