A comb is a tool for smoothing your hair. You might pull a comb through your curls before you run out the door in the morning to catch your bus.

A comb is made of plastic or wood, with separate teeth that untangle strands of hair. When you use one, you comb: "I grabbed the comb so I could comb my cat before the photo shoot." Another way to comb is to rummage or search, the way you comb through your bag to find your car keys. The Old English root is camb, "crest" or "honeycomb," from a Germanic root that means "toothed object."

Definitions of comb
  1. noun
    a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair
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    a square comb with rows of small teeth; used to curry horses
    fine-tooth comb, fine-toothed comb
    a comb with teeth set close together
    pocket comb, pocketcomb
    a small comb suitable for carrying in a pocket
    type of:
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  2. noun
    the act of drawing a comb through hair
    “his hair needed a comb
    synonyms: combing
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    comb-out, teasing
    the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
    type of:
    hair care, haircare, hairdressing
    care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair
  3. noun
    any of several tools for straightening fibers
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    hatchel, heckle
    a comb for separating flax fibers
    type of:
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  4. verb
    straighten with a comb
    comb your hair”
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    comb (hair) into a roach
    clean (a horse) with a currycomb
    hackle, hatchel, heckle
    comb with a heckle
    type of:
    straighten, straighten out
    make straight
  5. verb
    smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb
    comb your hair before dinner”
    comb the wool”
    synonyms: comb out, disentangle
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    sleek down, slick, slick down
    give a smooth and glossy appearance
    fluff, tease
    ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
    type of:
    groom, neaten
    care for one's external appearance
  6. noun
    the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
    synonyms: cockscomb, coxcomb
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    type of:
    a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
  7. noun
    ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore
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    type of:
    any flat platelike body structure or part
  8. verb
    search thoroughly
    “They combed the area for the missing child”
    synonyms: ransack
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    type of:
    subject to a search
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