from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thin toothed strip, as of plastic, used to smooth, arrange, or fasten the hair.
- n. An implement, such as a card for dressing and cleansing wool or other fiber, that resembles a hair comb in shape or use.
- n. A currycomb.
- n. The fleshy crest or ridge that grows on the crown of the head of domestic fowl and other birds and is most prominent in the male.
- n. Something suggesting a fowl's comb in appearance or position.
- n. A honeycomb.
- transitive v. To move a comb through (the hair) so as to arrange or groom: combed her hair with a comb; combed his hair with his fingers.
- transitive v. To move though or pass across with a raking action: The wind combed the wheatfields.
- transitive v. To card (wool or other fiber).
- transitive v. To search thoroughly; look through: combed the dresser drawers for a lost bracelet.
- transitive v. To eliminate with or as with a comb: combed the snarls out of his hair.
- intransitive v. To roll and break. Used of waves.
- intransitive v. To make a thorough search: combed through the file for the contract.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A toothed implement for grooming the hair.
- n. A machine used in separating choice cotton fibers from worsted cloth fibers.
- n. A fleshy growth on the top of the head of some birds and reptiles; crest.
- n. A structure of hexagon cells made by bees for storing honey; honeycomb.
- n. An old English measure of corn equal to the half quarter.
- n. The top part of a gun’s stock.
- n. The toothed plate at the top and bottom of an escalator that prevents objects getting trapped between the moving stairs and fixed landings.
- n. The main body of a harmonica containing the air chambers and to which the reed plates are attached.
- v. To groom with a toothed implement; chiefly with a comb.
- v. To separate choice cotton fibers from worsted cloth fibers.
- v. To search thoroughly as if raking over an area with a comb.
- n. Combination.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument with teeth, for straightening, cleansing, and adjusting the hair, or for keeping it in place.
- n. An instrument for currying hairy animals, or cleansing and smoothing their coats; a currycomb.
- n. A toothed instrument used for separating and cleansing wool, flax, hair, etc.
- n. The serrated vibratory doffing knife of a carding machine.
- n. A former, commonly cone-shaped, used in hat manufacturing for hardening the soft fiber into a bat.
- n. A tool with teeth, used for chasing screws on work in a lathe; a chaser.
- n. The notched scale of a wire micrometer.
- n. The collector of an electrical machine, usually resembling a comb.
- n. 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.
- n. One of a pair of peculiar organs on the base of the abdomen of scorpions.
- n. The curling crest of a wave.
- n. The waxen framework forming the walls of the cells in which bees store their honey, eggs, etc.; honeycomb.
- n. The thumbpiece of the hammer of a gunlock, by which it may be cocked.
- transitive v. To disentangle, cleanse, or adjust, with a comb; to lay smooth and straight with, or as with, a comb. See under combing.
- intransitive v. To roll over, as the top or crest of a wave; to break with a white foam, as waves.
- n. That unwatered portion of a valley which forms its continuation beyond and above the most elevated spring that issues into it.
- n. A dry measure. See coomb.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thin strip of wood, metal, bone, ivory, tortoise-shell, etc., one or both edges of which are indentated so as to form a series of teeth, or to which teeth have been attached; or several such strips set parallel to one another in a frame, as in a currycomb.
- n. Anything resembling a comb in appearance or use, especially for mechanical use.
- n. The notched scale of a wire micrometer.
- n. The window-stool of a casement.
- n. The fleshy crest or caruncle growing, in one of several forms, on the head of the domestic fowl, and particularly developed in the male birds: so called from its serrated indentures in the typical form, or single comb, which resemble the teeth of a comb.
- n. Anything resembling in nature, shape, or position the caruncle on a fowl's head.
- n. The pecten or marsupium in the interior of a bird's eye.
- n. In mining, the division of the mass of a lode into parallel plates, or layers of crystalline material parallel to its walls.
- n. The projection on the top of the hammer of a gun-lock.
- n. The top corner of a gun-stock, on which the cheek rests in firing.
- n. A honeycomb.
- To dress with a comb: as, to comb one's hair.
- To card, as wool; hackle, as flax.
- To grain with a painter's comb.
- To roll over or break with a white foam, as the. top of a wave.
- n. A dry measure of 4 bushels, or half a quarter.
- n. A brewing-vat.
- n. A more or less rounded, bowl-shaped hollow or valley inclosed on all sides but one by steep and in some cases perpendicular cliffs.
- n. See comb-flower.
- To subject to a process or action similar to that of combing, as in dredging: as, to comb oyster-beds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair
- v. search thoroughly
- n. any of several tools for straightening fibers
- n. the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
- v. straighten with a comb
- v. smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb
- n. ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore
- n. the act of drawing a comb through hair
Middle English, from Old English; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English camb ("comb"), from Proto-Germanic *kambaz (“comb”) (compare Swedish/Dutch kam, German Kamm), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰos (“tooth”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰ- (“to pierce, gnaw through”) (compare Tocharian B keme, Lithuanian žam̃bas ("sharp edge"), Old Church Slavonic зѫбъ (zǫbŭ), Albanian dhëmb, Ancient Greek γομφίος (gomphíos, "backtooth, molar"), Sanskrit जम्भ (jambha)). (Wiktionary)