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[koh-mingz] /ˈkoʊ mɪŋz/
plural noun
hairs removed with a comb or a brush.
Origin of combings
First recorded in 1565-75; comb1 + -ing1 + -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "It wasn't just a tangle, like combings," she went on slowly.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Ten bob I got for Molly's combings when we were on the rocks in Holles street.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • When she combed her hair, she gathered the combings together.

  • I took down all the combings for the birds and they are crazy about them.

  • Directly his head was below the combings of the hatch, I started to my feet and continued getting aft.

    Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh Augustus F. Lindley
  • The captain complied, and the Lieutenant was permitted to look into the holds, both of which had loose grain up to the combings.

    Commander Lawless V.C. Rolf Bennett
  • At that instant, an erect and unmoved form stood on the combings of the main hatch.

  • There were unseasonable washings, dressings, combings and curlings—admonitions to be "a little gentleman."

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • The water almost reached the combings of the hatches: everybody on deck thought we were gone.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • They were but just in time, when some dark heads were seen rising up above the combings of the hatchway.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for combings


plural noun
the loose hair, wool, etc, removed by combing, esp that of animals
the unwanted loose short fibres removed in combing cotton, etc
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