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comb    : [k'om]
Comb \Comb\ (k[=o]m; 110), n. [AS. camb; akin to Sw., Dan., & D.
kam, Icel. kambr, G. kamm, Gr. ? a grinder tooth, Skr. jambha
tooth.]
1. An instrument with teeth, for straightening, cleansing,
and adjusting the hair, or for keeping it in place.
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2. An instrument for currying hairy animals, or cleansing and
smoothing their coats; a currycomb.
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3. (Manuf. & Mech.)
(a) A toothed instrument used for separating and cleansing
wool, flax, hair, etc.
(b) The serrated vibratory doffing knife of a carding
machine.
(c) A former, commonly cone-shaped, used in hat
manufacturing for hardening the soft fiber into a bat.
(d) A tool with teeth, used for chasing screws on work in
a lathe; a chaser.
(e) The notched scale of a wire micrometer.
(f) The collector of an electrical machine, usually
resembling a comb.
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4. (Zool.)
(a) 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.
(b) One of a pair of peculiar organs on the base of the
abdomen of scorpions.
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5. The curling crest of a wave.
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6. The waxen framework forming the walls of the cells in
which bees store their honey, eggs, etc.; honeycomb. "A
comb of honey." --Wyclif.
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When the bee doth leave her comb. --Shak.
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7. The thumbpiece of the hammer of a gunlock, by which it may
be cocked.
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Comb \Comb\, n.
A dry measure. See {Coomb}.
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Comb \Comb\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Combed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Combing}.]
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}.
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Comb down his hair; look, look! it stands upright.
--Shak.
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Comb \Comb\, v. i. [See {Comb}, n., 5.] (Naut.)
To roll over, as the top or crest of a wave; to break with a
white foam, as waves.
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Comb \Comb\, Combe \Combe\ (? or ?), n. [AS. comb, prob. of
Celtic origin; cf. W. cwm a dale, valley.]
That unwatered portion of a valley which forms its
continuation beyond and above the most elevated spring that
issues into it. [Written also {coombe}.] --Buckland.
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A gradual rise the shelving combe
Displayed. --Southey.
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Coomb \Coomb\, n. [AS. cumb a liquid measure, perh. from LL.
cumba boat, tomb of stone, fr. Gr. ? hollow of a vessel, cup,
boat, but cf. G. kumpf bowl.]
A dry measure of four bushels, or half a quarter. [Written
also {comb}.]
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comb
n 1: a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge;
disentangles or arranges hair
2: the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and
other gallinaceous birds [synonym: {comb}, {cockscomb},
{coxcomb}]
3: any of several tools for straightening fibers
4: ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore
5: the act of drawing a comb through hair; "his hair needed a
comb" [synonym: {comb}, {combing}]
v 1: straighten with a comb; "comb your hair"
2: search thoroughly; "They combed the area for the missing
child" [synonym: {comb}, {ransack}]
3: smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb; "comb your hair
before dinner"; "comb the wool" [synonym: {comb}, {comb out},
{disentangle}]



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