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comb - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'comb' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Comb [ n.]
- An instrument with teeth, for straightening, cleansing, and adjusting the hair, or for keeping it in place.
- An instrument for currying hairy animals, or cleansing and smoothing their coats; a currycomb.
- A toothed instrument used for separating and cleansing wool, flax, hair, etc.
- The serrated vibratory doffing knife of a carding machine.
- A former, commonly cone-shaped, used in hat manufacturing for hardening the soft fiber into a bat.
- A tool with teeth, used for chasing screws on work in a lathe; a chaser.
- The notched scale of a wire micrometer.
- The collector of an electrical machine, usually resembling a comb.
- 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.
- One of a pair of peculiar organs on the base of the abdomen of scorpions.
- The curling crest of a wave.
- The waxen framework forming the walls of the cells in which bees store their honey, eggs, etc.; honeycomb.
- The thumbpiece of the hammer of a gunlock, by which it may be cocked.
- To roll over, as the top or crest of a wave; to break with a white foam, as waves.
- Alt. of Combe
- A dry measure. See Coomb.
2 . Comb [ v. t.]
- 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.

Meaning of 'comb' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . comb [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the act of drawing a comb through hair
Example in sentence:
  • his hair needed a comb
2 . comb [ v]
Meaning (2):
- smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb
Example in sentence:
  • comb the wool;
  • comb your hair before dinner
Meaning (3):
- straighten with a comb
Example in sentence:
  • comb your hair
Meaning (4):
- search thoroughly
Example in sentence:
  • They combed the area for the missing child