comb

1
[ kohm ]
/ koʊm /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to roll over or break at the crest, as a wave.

Origin of comb

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English comb, camb; cognate with Old High German kamb (German Kamm), Old Norse kambr, Greek gómphos “pin, peg,” gomphíos “molar tooth”; see cam1
Related formscomb·less, adjectivecomb·less·ness, nounun·combed, adjectivewell-combed, adjective

Definition for comb (2 of 4)

comb

2
[ koom, kohm ]
/ kum, koʊm /

noun


Definition for comb (3 of 4)

combe

or comb, coomb, coombe

[ koom, kohm ]
/ kum, koʊm /

noun British.

a narrow valley or deep hollow, especially one enclosed on all but one side.

Origin of combe

Old English cumb valley < British Celtic; cf. cwm

Definition for comb (4 of 4)

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British Dictionary definitions for comb (1 of 2)

comb

/ (kəʊm) /

noun


verb

(tr) to use a comb on
(when tr, often foll by through) to search or inspect with great carethe police combed the woods
See also comb out

Word Origin for comb

Old English camb; related to Old Norse kambr, Old High German camb

British Dictionary definitions for comb (2 of 2)

combe

comb

/ (kuːm) /

noun

variant spellings of coomb

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Idioms and Phrases with comb

comb

see fine-tooth comb.


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