- 1A strip of plastic, metal, or wood with a row of narrow teeth, used for untangling or arranging the hair.More example sentences
- This involves lifting the hair with a metal comb and burning off the ends with a lighted taper.
- I quickly brushed my teeth and ran a comb through my hair.
- After breaking another tooth off of my comb, I realized that my hair was the boss.
- 1.1 [in singular] An instance of untangling or arranging the hair with a comb: she gave her hair a combMore example sentences
- Giving my hair a quick comb through with my fingers I turned around to see that the door was open.
- With a quick comb of her hair, and the applying of a light coat of make-up and a flowery fragrance, she was out the door.
- I've taken to wearing baseball caps instead of having a slight comb in the morning.
- 1.2A short curved type of comb, worn by women to hold hair in place or as an ornament.More example sentences
- Besides the explosion of headbands and jeweled hair combs, watch for a continual rise in the popularity of all types of silk and couture hair flowers.
- No hats, combs, kerchiefs or anything but hair should be on your head.
- ‘Finished,’ I called out and pulled the gold combs out of my hair as he turned back to face me.
- 2.1A device for separating and dressing textile fibers.More example sentences
- If a comb was used, this would be to get the fibres parallel.
- 3The red fleshy crest on the head of a domestic fowl, especially a rooster.More example sentences
- Resplendent in bright orange, black and red, his comb, wattles and ear lobes have been shorn off.
- Cracids may have a casque, hard comb, wattle or fleshy knob at the base of the bill.
- As in other grouse species, red grouse combs are larger and brighter in males, and their size is testosterone-dependent.
- 4 short for honeycomb ( sense 1 of the noun).More example sentences
- Honey bees occasionally invade homes and establish a colony, building combs of wax containing honey, pollen and brood in wall spaces.
- A bird builds a nest, or the rabbit a burrow, the bee its comb, the beaver a dam, by nature, as Aristotle would say.
- Chewing a piece of comb honey daily often helps to clear the nose and sinuses during hay fever attacks.
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- 1Untangle or arrange (the hair) by drawing a comb through it: (as adjective combed) neatly combed hairMore example sentences
- For once, his hair had been combed neatly for the occasion.
- Slightly built, with neatly combed gray hair and a trimmed mustache, he looks out at us through thick eyeglasses.
- His hair had been combed neatly and he was wearing a hint of cologne when he outreached his hand for her.
- 1.1 (comb something out) Remove something from the hair by drawing a comb through it: she combed the burrs out of the dog’s coatMore example sentences
- When you get home you have to comb it out of your hair.
- My hair's knots were combed out painlessly and I was redressed in fresh linen.
- Jane ran her fingers through her hair, combing the tangles out as she harshly pulled her hands through the snarls.
- 2Prepare (wool, flax, or cotton) for manufacture with a comb: (as adjective combed) the socks are made of soft combed cottonMore example sentences
- The fibres damaged the skin on the women's hands if their job was to comb the flax by hand.
- All the literature said you had to ret the fibres and then comb them, basically an industrial process.
- They were made of long wool fibers that were first combed to straighten them, spun tightly then woven in fancy weave structures.
- 3Search carefully and systematically: police combed the area for the murder weapon [no object]: his mother combed through the cardboard boxesMore example sentences
- Police are combing the streets, handing out flyers and watching airports and bus terminals.
- Her disappearance provoked a massive public response, and hundreds of police officers combed the city streets.
- I had been combing through the wreckage, searching for anyone that might have survived.
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- We saw and admired the fine, comb-like plates on either side of the shoveller's bill, through which it filter feeds, something which is almost impossible to see even through binoculars.
- This small, comb-like attachment is designed to break up crusty snow.
- It uses two tiny comb-like structures (instead of fingers) laid one over each other.
Old English camb, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kam and German Kamm.