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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comb(noun)

    a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair

  2. comb, cockscomb, coxcomb(noun)

    the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds

  3. comb(noun)

    any of several tools for straightening fibers

  4. comb(noun)

    ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore

  5. comb, combing(verb)

    the act of drawing a comb through hair

    "his hair needed a comb"

  6. comb(verb)

    straighten with a comb

    "comb your hair"

  7. comb, ransack(verb)

    search thoroughly

    "They combed the area for the missing child"

  8. comb, comb out, disentangle(verb)

    smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb

    "comb your hair before dinner"; "comb the wool"


  1. comb(Noun)


    My old combi boiler broke down.

  2. comb(Noun)

    A toothed implement for grooming the hair.

  3. comb(Noun)

    A machine used in separating choice cotton fibers from worsted cloth fibers.

  4. comb(Noun)

    A fleshy growth on the top of the head of some birds and reptiles; crest.

  5. comb(Noun)

    A structure of hexagon cells made by bees for storing honey; honeycomb.

  6. comb(Noun)

    An old English measure of corn equal to the half quarter.

    1882, But the comb or half quarter is very general in the Eastern counties, particularly in Norfolk. uE00025935uE001 James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, page 207.

  7. comb(Noun)

    The top part of a gun's stock.

  8. comb(Noun)

    the toothed plate at the top and bottom of an escalator that prevents objects getting trapped between the moving stairs and fixed landings.

  9. comb(Noun)

    the main body of a harmonica containing the air chambers and to which the reed plates are attached.

  10. comb(Verb)

    To separate choice cotton fibers from worsted cloth fibers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comb(noun)

    an instrument with teeth, for straightening, cleansing, and adjusting the hair, or for keeping it in place

  2. Comb(noun)

    an instrument for currying hairy animals, or cleansing and smoothing their coats; a currycomb

  3. Comb(noun)

    a toothed instrument used for separating and cleansing wool, flax, hair, etc

  4. Comb(noun)

    the serrated vibratory doffing knife of a carding machine

  5. Comb(noun)

    a former, commonly cone-shaped, used in hat manufacturing for hardening the soft fiber into a bat

  6. Comb(noun)

    a tool with teeth, used for chasing screws on work in a lathe; a chaser

  7. Comb(noun)

    the notched scale of a wire micrometer

  8. Comb(noun)

    the collector of an electrical machine, usually resembling a comb

  9. Comb(noun)

    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

  10. Comb(noun)

    one of a pair of peculiar organs on the base of the abdomen of scorpions

  11. Comb(noun)

    the curling crest of a wave

  12. Comb(noun)

    the waxen framework forming the walls of the cells in which bees store their honey, eggs, etc.; honeycomb

  13. Comb(noun)

    the thumbpiece of the hammer of a gunlock, by which it may be cocked

  14. Comb(verb)

    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

  15. Comb(noun)

    to roll over, as the top or crest of a wave; to break with a white foam, as waves

  16. Comb(noun)

    alt. of Combe

  17. Comb(noun)

    a dry measure. See Coomb

  18. Origin: [See Comb, n., 5.]


  1. Comb

    A comb is a toothed device used for styling, cleaning and managing hair and scalp. Combs are among the oldest tools found by archaeologists, having been discovered in very refined forms from settlements dating back to 5,000 years ago in Persia. This is to say that the comb has always been among the most important tools of human civilization.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Comb

    kōm, n. a toothed instrument for separating and cleaning hair, wool, flax, &c.: the crest of a cock: the top or crest of a wave or of a hill: an aggregation of cells for honey.—v.t. to separate, arrange, or clean by means of a comb: to dress with a comb: (Shak.) to beat.—v.i. to break with a white foam, as the top of a wave.—adj. Combed.—n. Comb′er, one who or that which combs wool, &c.—n.pl. Comb′ings, hairs combed off.—adjs. Comb′less (Shak.), without a comb; Comb′wise; Comb′y.—n. Crop′-comb, a semicircular comb worn by girls.—Comb off, to remove. [A.S. camb.]

  2. Comb

    Combe. See Coomb.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Comb

    A bar from which a number of teeth project, like the teeth of a comb. It is used as a collector of electricity from the plate of a frictional or influence electric machine; it is also used in a lightning arrester to define a path of very high resistance but of low self-induction, for the lightning to follow to earth.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. comb

    A small piece of timber under the lower part of the beak-head, for the fore-tack to be hauled to, in some vessels, instead of a bumkin: it has the same use in bringing the fore-tack on board that the chess-tree has to the main-tack. Also, the notched scale of a wire-micrometer. Also, that projecting piece on the top of the cock of a gun-lock, which affords the thumb a convenient hold for drawing it back.

  2. comb

    A British word signifying an inlet, valley, or low place, where the hilly sides round together in a concave form; the sides of a glyn being, on the contrary, convex.

Editors Contribution

  1. comb

    Is a type of device, piece of equipment or product with a toothed edge used to adjust, manage or style a hairstyle, the hair or scalp.

    My father uses a comb to style his hair every morning with some gel. My hairdryer has a comb part you can attach to dry your hair.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 24, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comb in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of comb in a Sentence

  1. Judith Stern:

    Experience a comb life gives you after you lose your hair.

  2. Judith Stern:

    Experience: A comb life gives you after you lose your hair.

  3. Belgian Proverb:

    Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald.

  4. Richard Pollack:

    Get yourself a good lice comb, read the instructions and use it.

  5. Giorgos Zambetas, Greek musician:

    Experience is a comb that is given to you, when you have already lost you hair.

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