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comb1 /koʊm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Clothinga toothed strip of some hard material used to arrange or hold the hair.
  2. Birdsthe fleshy growth on the head of roosters.
  3. a honeycomb, or any similar group of cells.

v. [+ object]
  1. Clothingto arrange (the hair) with a comb:He combed his hair back.
  2. to search everywhere in: to comb the files for a missing letter.

comb.,  an abbreviation of:
  1. combination.
  2. combined.
  3. combining.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
comb1  (kōm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a toothed strip of plastic, hard rubber, bone, wood, or metal, used for arranging the hair, untangling it, or holding it in place.
  2. a currycomb.
  3. any comblike instrument, object, or formation.
  4. Birdsthe fleshy, more or less serrated outgrowth on the head of certain gallinaceous birds, esp. the domestic fowl.
  5. something resembling or suggesting this, as the crest of a wave.
  6. a honeycomb, or any similar group of cells.
  7. a machine for separating choice cotton or wool fibers from noil.
  8. a comblike instrument for imparting a grainlike finish to a painted surface.
  9. Dialect Terms[Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.]a ridge of a roof.
  10. a series of springlike prongs projecting from a spine, usually of plastic, for making a loose-leaf binding.
  11. Buildinga trowel having a notched edge for applying adhesives in setting tiles or the like.
  12. Heraldry[Armor.]a ridge along the top of a helmet, esp. of the morion.
  13. Building[Masonry.]drag (def. 31).
  14. the upper edge of the buttstock of a rifle or shotgun.

  1. to arrange or adorn (the hair) with a comb.
  2. to use (something) in the manner of a comb:She was slowly combing her fingers through her hair.
  3. to remove (anything undesirable) with or as if with a comb:She combed the snarls out of her hair. They combed the cowards from the group.
  4. to search everywhere in:He combed the files for the missing letter.
  5. to separate (textile fibers) with a comb.
  6. to scrape with or as with a comb.
  7. to sweep across;
    rake:High winds combed the seacoast.

  1. to roll over or break at the crest, as a wave.
combless, adj. 
combless•ness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English comb, camb; cognate with Old High German kamb (German Kamm), Old Norse kambr, Greek gómphos pin, peg, gomphíos molar tooth; see cam

comb2  (ko̅o̅m, kōm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. combe.

  1. combination.
  2. combined.
  3. combining.
  4. combustion.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
combe  (ko̅o̅m, kōm),USA pronunciation n. [Brit.]
  1. Geology, British Termsa narrow valley or deep hollow, esp. one enclosed on all but one side.
Also,  comb, coomb, coombe. 
  • British Celtic; compare cwm
  • Old English cumb valley

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coomb1  (ko̅o̅m, kōm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. British Termscombe.
Also,  coombe. 
coomb2  (ko̅o̅m),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Scottish Termscoom.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

comb /kəʊm/ n
  1. a toothed device of metal, plastic, wood, etc, used for disentangling or arranging hair
  2. a tool or machine that separates, cleans, and straightens wool, cotton, etc
  3. Austral NZ the fixed cutter on a sheep-shearing machine
  4. anything resembling a toothed comb in form or function
  5. the fleshy deeply serrated outgrowth on the top of the heads of certain birds, esp the domestic fowl
  6. a honeycomb
  1. (transitive) to use a comb on
  2. when tr, often followed by through: to search or inspect with great care: the police combed the woods

See also comb outEtymology: Old English camb; related to Old Norse kambr, Old High German camb

combe, comb /kuːm/ n
  1. variant spellings of coomb

coomb, combe, coombe, comb /kuːm/ n
  1. chiefly Southern English a short valley or deep hollow, esp in chalk areas
  2. chiefly Northern English
    another name for cirque
Etymology: Old English cumb (in place names), probably of Celtic origin; compare Old French combe small valley and Welsh cwm valley

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