- a toothed strip of plastic, hard rubber, bone, wood, or metal, used for arranging the hair, untangling it, or holding it in place.
- a currycomb.
- 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. drag(def 31).
- the upper edge of the buttstock of a rifle or shotgun.
- 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.
- to roll over or break at the crest, as a wave.
Origin of comb1
or comb, coomb, coombe
- a narrow valley or deep hollow, especially one enclosed on all but one side.
Origin of combe
Related Words for combstraighten, rummage, rake, forage, investigate, scrutinize, inspect, examine, sift, scour, ransack, sort, curry, tease, cleanse, separate, groom, smooth, disentangle, untangle
Examples from the Web for comb
Contemporary Examples of comb
Upon landing, he was reportedly spotted wandering the tarmac with only a comb in his pocket.How to Hitchhike a Plane—and Survive
April 22, 2014
Comb the coast, and you could stumble upon that dream weekend retreat.World-Famous Architects Design Dollhouses For New Charity Project
November 1, 2013
He called on Libyans to “sweep through Tripoli and comb it for traitors.”Latest in Libya: Complete Coverage
The Daily Beast
August 27, 2011
For the next few hours, police used search dogs to comb the woods for the man.Behind the Gert Boyle Kidnap Attempt
November 27, 2010
Her readers, some of whom she calls obsessive, comb her blog and her Tweets for clues.Vegas' Mystery Sex Blog
March 24, 2010
Historical Examples of comb
Poor Dirk, you will remember, if he had thought of it, had no comb with which to experiment.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"May have its comb clipped if it make over-much noise," broke in an Englishman.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
At this dangerous moment her ladyship artfully let drop the comb.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
She then planted the comb in my mop of hair and tore out a handful of it.
She snatched the comb out of my hand like a wicked woman, and tore out my hair.
- 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
- Australian and 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
- a currycomb
- a honeycomb
- 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 or go through with a fine-toothed comb to examine very thoroughly
- (tr) to use a comb on
- (when tr, often foll by through) to search or inspect with great carethe police combed the woods
Word Origin for comb
- variant spellings of coomb
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").
see fine-tooth comb.