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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of comb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a comb or crest.
  • In geology: a term applied to prismatic crystals, especially of quartz, which grow toward each other from opposite walls of a fissure and interlock: used chiefly in describing mineral veins. Also comb-in-comb.
  • Surmounted by a sharp edge or comb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of hair) made tidy with a comb

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Examples

  • Yarn made from combed fibers is called combed yarn.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • "But it 's me that 's gettin 'combed," wailed Danny.

    Sowing Seeds in Danny

  • Medes and Assyrians, Virgil is the most ancient writer, who expressly mentions the soft wool which was combed from the trees of the Seres or Chinese; 62 and this natural error, less marvellous than the truth, was slowly corrected by the knowledge of a valuable insect, the first artificer of the luxury of nations.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • A day later, I joked about turning back while driving to Brooklyn to have my children "combed" by an Orthodox Jew lovingly referred to as The Lice Lady.

    Susan Weissman: Digging For Worms: Can Parents Work Out The Hygiene Hypothesis?

  • There was nothing "combed" or "fixed" about Miss Asenath's Woods; no white-washed trees or clipped grass.

    The Heart of Arethusa

  • A single masterly stroke sufficed to draw the cylindrical stalk from one joint to another, or the pointed leaves which are so quivering with life that we seem to hear the plaintive voice of the wind "combed," as the Chinese writings express it, "by the reeds."

    Chinese Painters A Critical Study

  • Dante, in a famous chapter of the _De Vulgari Eloquio_ [102] laid down a fourfold distinction among words on the analogy of the varying texture of the hair; enjoining the poet to avoid both the extremes of smoothness and roughness, -- to prefer the "combed" and the "shaggy" to the "tousled" and the "sleek."

    Robert Browning

  • Tennyson's vocabulary is focussed among the "combed" in the direction of the "sleek," Browning's centres in the "shaggy," verging towards the

    Robert Browning

  • I shall be "combed" out directly, and a "sniper" will get me, perhaps, three days after I get to the trenches, as he did my young brother.

    Elizabeth's Campaign

  • Even the merest Cockney will know, if he thinks, that weeds float with their points down-stream; and that therefore if a fish is to be brought through them without entangling, he must be 'combed' through them in the same direction.

    Prose Idylls, New and Old

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  • In heraldry, bearing a comb or crest of a different tincture than the rest of the animal or bird.

    October 7, 2011