Comb (?; 110), n. [AS.. camb; akin to Sw., Dan., & D. kam, Icel. kambr, G. kamm, Gr. a grinder tooth, Skr. jambha tooth.]


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


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

3. Manuf. & Mech.

  1. A toothed instrument used for separating and cleansing wool, flax, hair, etc.
  2. The serrated vibratory doffing knife of a carding machine.
  3. A former, commonly cone-shaped, used in hat manufacturing for hardening the soft fiber into a bat.
  4. A tool with teeth, used for chasing screws on work in a lathe; a chaser.
  5. The notched scale of a wire micrometer.
  6. The collector of an electrical machine, usually resembling a comb.
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4. Zool.

  1. 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.
  2. One of a pair of peculiar organs on the base of the abdomen of scorpions.


The curling crest of a wave.


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

"A comb of honey."

When the bee doth leave her comb.


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


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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.

Comb down his hair; look, look! it stands upright.


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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, Combe (? ∨ ?), 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.]


A gradual rise the shelving combe Displayed.


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Comb, n.

A dry measure. See Coomb.


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