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comb

Definitions

  • Slash-Grain and Comb-Grain Flooring
    Slash-Grain and Comb-Grain Flooring
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v comb smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb "comb your hair before dinner","comb the wool"
    • v comb search thoroughly "They combed the area for the missing child"
    • v comb straighten with a comb "comb your hair"
    • n comb the act of drawing a comb through hair "his hair needed a comb"
    • n comb the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
    • n comb ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore
    • n comb a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair
    • n comb any of several tools for straightening fibers
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Lorelei sits on a rock, combing her hair The Lorelei sits on a rock, combing her hair
Honey-bees building comb Honey-bees building comb
Comb of the tiny East Indian honey-bee Comb of the tiny East Indian honey-bee

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rap artist Sean "Puffy" Combs had his first job at age two when he modeled in an ad for Baskin-Robbins ice-cream shops.
    • n Comb A dry measure. See Coomb.
    • Comb (Manuf. & Mech) A former, commonly cone-shaped, used in hat manufacturing for hardening the soft fiber into a bat.
    • Comb (Manuf. & Mech) A tool with teeth, used for chasing screws on work in a lathe; a chaser.
    • Comb (Manuf. & Mech) A toothed instrument used for separating and cleansing wool, flax, hair, etc.
    • Comb An instrument for currying hairy animals, or cleansing and smoothing their coats; a currycomb.
    • Comb An instrument with teeth, for straightening, cleansing, and adjusting the hair, or for keeping it in place.
    • Comb (Zoöl) One of a pair of peculiar organs on the base of the abdomen of scorpions.
    • n Comb That unwatered portion of a valley which forms its continuation beyond and above the most elevated spring that issues into it. "A gradual rise the shelving combe Displayed."
    • Comb (Manuf. & Mech) The collector of an electrical machine, usually resembling a comb.
    • Comb The curling crest of a wave.
    • Comb (Zoöl) 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.
    • Comb (Manuf. & Mech) The notched scale of a wire micrometer.
    • Comb (Manuf. & Mech) The serrated vibratory doffing knife of a carding machine.
    • Comb The thumbpiece of the hammer of a gunlock, by which it may be cocked.
    • Comb 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 ."
    • v. t Comb 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."
    • v. i Comb (Naut) To roll over, as the top or crest of a wave; to break with a white foam, as waves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n comb A thin strip of wood, metal, bone, ivory, tortoise-shell, etc., one or both edges of which are indentated so as to form a series of teeth, or to which teeth have been attached; or several such strips set parallel to one another in a frame, as in a currycomb. Combs are used for arranging the hair in dressing it; also, in a great variety of ornamental forms, for keeping women's hair in place after it is dressed; and for various other purposes. Those worn in the hair are often carved and elaborately decorated.
    • n comb Anything resembling a comb in appearance or use, especially for mechanical use. Specifically— A card used in hand-carding or in a carding-machine for separating and dressing wool.
    • n comb The notched scale of a wire micrometer.
    • n comb The window-stool of a casement.
    • n comb The fleshy crest or caruncle growing, in one of several forms, on the head of the domestic fowl, and particularly developed in the male birds: so called from its serrated indentures in the typical form, or single comb, which resemble the teeth of a comb. Several characteristic variations in the form of the comb have received distinctive names. An antlered comb is one having more or less the form of a stag's antlers, as seen in Polish and La Flèche fowls, often in Houdans, etc. The leaf-comb has much the form of a strawberry-leaf, set transversely on the head. It is the preferable form of comb in Houdan fowls. The pea-comb appears as if formed of three low, bluntly serrated combs set side by side on the head, the middle one of the three being the highest. It is the typical comb of the Brahma fowls. A rose-comb is a low comb set flat on the head, like a cap, broad in front, and tapering to a projecting spike behind, the upper part being evenly covered with small projections. It is best illustrated in the Hamburg fowls, and is also found in the Wyandotte, the Sebright bantam, and other varieties. The strawberrycomb resembles a half of a strawberry, generally somewhat wrinkled, and set well forward on the head. It is characteristic of the Malay and the Sumatra fowls.
    • n comb Anything resembling in nature, shape, or position the caruncle on a fowl's head. Specifically— The similar but erectile and variable fleshy and vascular colored process growing over each eye of some gallinaceous birds, as ptarmigan and other grouse.
    • n comb The pecten or marsupium in the interior of a bird's eye.
    • n comb In mining, the division of the mass of a lode into parallel plates, or layers of crystalline material parallel to its walls. Some lodes have several such combs, symmetrically arranged, so that each comb on one side of the center of the mass has its counterpart on the other. Often the face of the comb turned toward the center of the lode is covered with well-developed crystals, and where the central combs meet a cavity studded with crystals is formed.
    • n comb The projection on the top of the hammer of a gun-lock.
    • n comb The top corner of a gun-stock, on which the cheek rests in firing.
    • n comb A honeycomb.
    • comb To dress with a comb: as, to comb one's hair.
    • comb To card, as wool; hackle, as flax.
    • comb To grain with a painter's comb.
    • comb To roll over or break with a white foam, as the. top of a wave.
    • n comb A dry measure of 4 bushels, or half a quarter.
    • n comb A brewing-vat.
    • n comb A more or less rounded, bowl-shaped hollow or valley inclosed on all sides but one by steep and in some cases perpendicular cliffs. The use of the word is closely limited to certain portions of south western England and Wales, and to a part of Ireland, especially to county Kerry, where the combs (there also called corries) are numerous and of great size, many of them containing lakes.
    • n comb See comb-flower.
    • comb To subject to a process or action similar to that of combing, as in dredging: as, to comb oyster-beds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Comb kōm 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 Comb to separate, arrange, or clean by means of a comb: to dress with a comb:
    • v.i Comb to break with a white foam, as the top of a wave
    • Comb . See Coomb.
    • n Comb a deep little wooded valley: a hollow on the flank of a hill.
    • n Comb a measure of capacity = 4 bushels.
    • v.t Comb (Shak.) to beat
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Quotations

  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.”
  • Judith Stern
    Judith Stern
    “Experience is a comb that life gives you after you lose your hair.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. camb,; akin to Sw., Dan., & D. kam, Icel. kambr, G. kamm, Gr. a grinder tooth, Skr. jambha, tooth

Usage

In literature:

There was also a tortoise-shell comb of wonderful beauty to match the necklace.
"Madge Morton's Secret" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
By George Combe, Robert Cox, and others.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
The water almost reached the combings of the hatches: everybody on deck thought we were gone.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
The foliage thus exhibits a cock's-comb form: whence the name.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Opinion of Dr. Combe on this subject.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
And you, O Comb, will cook on the night after that.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
It had already begun since the receipt of the first letter from Father La Combe, to recover a new life.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
But first she provided him for the journey with a brush, a comb, and two youth-giving apples.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
He'll comb more wool than fifty of your men With their hand-combs, and comb-pots, and such old-fashioned way.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
I found a lot of split ends when I was combing it out to-night.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
And you can comb your head with the pretty comb you always put by in your own drawer.
"Posthumous Works" by Mary Wollstonecraft
First dust the head well and comb the hair or pelt to detect the presence of moth.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
She came back and again began to comb out the girl's hair.
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
I then begged this girl, as Father La Combe was to conduct the retreat, she would wait for him.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
So then she gets the comb and begins for to comb his head some, and he goes on talking with me.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
The fine comb is a thing of horror, and has no place upon the dressing-table.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
Then he asked her if she would comb his hair for him, and she did so.
"Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country" by Joel Chandler Harris
There are combing machines that comb short staple cotton.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
COMBE'S SYSTEM OF PHRENOLOGY; With 100 Engravings.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
Come right into our room to wash and comb.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
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In poetry:

A round comb no longer is pressing,
Having seen so little, of the child's head;
Only of joy knew
The heart of the kid.
"Before A Little Coffin" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
O, she’s taken up her comb of gold
And combed adown her hair,
And for every hair she combed adown
There fell a weary tear.
"Knight Aagen And The Maiden Else" by William Morris
Stung by bees in thousand places,
Out I took the yellow comb;
Emma, deck’d in all her graces,
Past my vision seem’d to roam.
"The Violet-Gatherer (From The Danish Of Oehlenslaeger)" by George Borrow
She's kissed his lips, and combed his hair,
As she had done before, O;
Gied him a brand down by his side,
And he is on to Yarrow.
"The Braes O' Yarrow" by Henry Morley
Her tresses free from band or comb,
Love-dimpled Venus, lithe and tall,
And fresh as Fiumicino's foam,
Mounts her pentelic pedestal.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
She combed her hair. The sunlight glimmered
Along the tossing strands.
Was there a stillness in this hair,—
A quiet in these hands?
"The House Of Dust: Part 02: 10:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

All weekend, while we combed the beach for unusual-looking seashells, he made the comment that by the time we left to go home, we would find a gem on this beach.
Atigeo has introduced PubMed Explorer, a semantic tool that combs the National Institute of Health's PubMed database to produce more relevant search results for medical data based on context.
In herd problems, it is extremely important to sanitize shears, combs, cards, and dipping vats, along with knives and emasculators.
To Floyd and Alice (Patterson) Combs.
He combed Reno looking for a shrink-wrap service and found nothing, so he decided to wrap his boat himself after each use.
"In street life you're not allowed to show if you care about something," said Mr Combs, of Bad Boy Entertainment.
Sean Combs and Jermaine Dupri were presenters at this year's Stellar Awards in Atlanta, the gospel music industry's big night.
11 AM on July 30, 2012 by Marianne Combs Filed under: Architecture, Music, Painting, Sculpture, Writing.
View full size Benjamin Brink/The Oreognian Tyler Combs, 29, bought this Southeast Portland house in July 2009 and began a two-year remodeling project.
49 PM on March 30, 2010 by Marianne Combs Filed under: Funding, Theater.
Her on-and-off hookup since 2008, Sean "Diddy" Combs, certainly thinks so.
33 AM on October 16, 2012 by Marianne Combs Filed under: Books.
Colorfeels, Andrew Combs and Street Corner Symphony Do Fox 17's Tennessee Mornings.
Sean Combs will testify this week at his trial on charges of gun possession and bribing a witness, he said in a statement last night.
"As I have stated all along, I am innocent," Mr Combs said in the statement.
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In science:

Gessel: Symmetric functions and P-recursiveness, J. of Comb.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
Three graphs with the same number of identical nodes and therefore, in our model, with the same weight. A Cayley tree (a) has always a diameter ∼ log N, where N = #nodes. A comb-like tree (b) has a diameter ∼ N .
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
We look at the complex random measure (‘random Dirac comb’) given by ρΓ (η) = Xx∈Γ where δx denotes the Dirac-measure at the site x.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
This becomes possible because the previously “overloaded ” comb inators ǫ and δ are now of type TP.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
An application of a combinator is well-typed if the types of the actual parameters are equal to the types of the formal parameters (cf. [comb]).
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Although both solutions lack direct observational support (but see Pfenniger, Combes, & Martinet 1994 for the latter), they offer a way forward.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
Indications are that halos in warm and self-interacting dark matter simulations are even more spherical (Bullock 2002; Combes 2003).
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
Gessel: Symmetric functions and P-recursiveness, J. of Comb.
Virasoro action on Schur function expansions, skew Young tableaux and random walks
Different mechanisms are invoked to explain the morphology segregation observed in clusters like tidal interactions between galaxies and ram pressure stripping exerted by the intra-cluster medium on disc galaxies (see Combes 2003, van Gorkom 2003 and references therein).
Environmental Effects on the Kinematics of Virgo Cluster Galaxies
While a weak and radially combed magnetic field might allow positron escape, thus providing a steep light curve, a strong, tangled magnetic field would efficiently trap all the positrons, and drive the light curve to the radioactive decay rate.
The late UVOIR light curve of SN 2000cx
Combes and Hislop [CH] proved it for Andersontype Hamiltonians in the continuum with bounded density for the probability distribution of the strength of single site potential.
Simplicity of eigenvalues in the Anderson model
Combes, J.M., Hislop, P.D.: Localization for some continuous, random Hamiltonian in d-dimension. J.
Simplicity of eigenvalues in the Anderson model
This problem is also related to the anomalous diffusion along the skeleton of a comb, studied in refs. [222, 22] by different methods.
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
Combes, J.M., Hislop, P.D., Localization for some continuous, random Hamiltonians in d-dimension. J.
On localization for the Schr\"odinger operator with a Poisson random potential
Random walk models, such as the trap model, continuous time random walks, and comb models exhibit weak ergodicity breaking, when the average waiting time is infinite.
A Random Walk to a Non-Ergodic Equilibrium Concept
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