comb

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."

Primary Meanings of comb

1.
nv
a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair
straighten with a comb
2.
n
the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
3.
n
ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore
4.
v
search thoroughly
Full Definitions of comb
1

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

Types:
currycomb
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:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

n the act of drawing a comb through hair

“his hair needed a comb
Synonyms:
combing
Types:
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

n any of several tools for straightening fibers

Types:
hatchel, heckle
a comb for separating flax fibers
Type of:
tool
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

v straighten with a comb

comb your hair”
Types:
roach
comb (hair) into a roach
currycomb
clean (a horse) with a currycomb
hackle, hatchel, heckle
comb with a heckle
Type of:
straighten, straighten out
make straight

v smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb

comb your hair before dinner”
comb the wool”
Synonyms:
comb out, disentangle
Types:
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
2

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

Synonyms:
cockscomb, coxcomb
Type of:
crest
a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
3

n ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore

Type of:
plate
any flat platelike body structure or part
4

v search thoroughly

“They combed the area for the missing child”
Synonyms:
ransack
Type of:
search
subject to a search

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