Adjective "comb" definition and examples

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Pronunciation

/kəʊm/

Definitions and examples

noun

A strip of plastic, metal, or wood with a row of narrow teeth, used for untangling or arranging the hair.
  1. 'Some kind of comb was dragged through my hair, leaving a burning path along my scalp.'
  2. 'Try coating the hair with mineral oil and using a special nit comb to remove them more easily.'
  3. 'This involves lifting the hair with a metal comb and burning off the ends with a lighted taper.'
  4. 'She stood behind her mother, ivory comb in hand, brushing through the voluminous red hair.'
  5. 'Use a wide toothed comb to distribute the mixture through the hair.'
  6. 'I stood in the mirror, dragging the comb through my neatly trimmed hair.'
  7. 'He took out his pocket comb and ran it through his thinning hair.'
  8. 'I took the fine toothed comb and skimmed my hair.'
  9. 'After breaking another tooth off of my comb, I realized that my hair was the boss.'
  10. 'I ran a comb through my own hair and stared dejectedly at my reflection.'
  11. 'Giving my hair a quick comb through with my fingers I turned around to see that the door was open.'
  12. 'With a quick comb of her hair, and the applying of a light coat of make-up and a flowery fragrance, she was out the door.'
  13. 'She sprayed perfume around herself into the air, and pinned the crystal combs into her hair.'
  14. 'He was going to curl my short auburn hair and put it up in combs so the ringlets would lay all over the place.'
  15. 'She grabbed her comb and a hair tie then put her thick, black hair into a high ponytail.'
  16. 'Besides the explosion of headbands and jeweled hair combs, watch for a continual rise in the popularity of all types of silk and couture hair flowers.'
  17. 'On top were two simple silver combs to pull your hair back.'
  18. 'He slowly reached up his hand to brush away the wet hair that was clinging to her face, escaped from the hair combs which had been lost in the depths of the water.'
  19. 'Adorn your new curls with your favorite accessories such as headbands, jeweled side combs or similar.'
  20. 'Another woman eats an ice cream as her young daughter eyes the sparkly hair bobbles and shiny combs in a shop window.'
  21. 'These are worn with mantillas (lacy scarves worn over the hair and shoulders), long earrings, and hair ornaments such as combs or flowers.'
A device for separating and dressing textile fibres.
  1. 'James Higham took out the first patent for such a machine, comprising a hand-held comb and mechanised cutter, in 1868.'
The red fleshy crest on the head of a domestic fowl, especially a cock.
  1. 'At a given moment two observers independently ranked a specific male comb size.'
  2. 'They get the name rooster because the dorsal fin looks similar to the comb on a cockerel's head.'
  3. 'My shadow was moderately tall and skinny, rat's nest hair silhouetted like a rooster's comb.'
  4. 'There are seven distinctive types of combs alone on chickens - rose, strawberry, single, cushion, buttercup, pea, and V-shaped, in case you were wondering.'
  5. 'And instead of pheromones, they depend on beautiful feathers and combs to attract mates.'
  6. 'The combs and neck sacs of males become enlarged during the breeding season.'
  7. 'The female's plumage is overall gray-brown and the male appears similar, although he has orange-yellow combs over the eyes and light gray tail feathers.'
  8. 'As in other grouse species, red grouse combs are larger and brighter in males, and their size is testosterone-dependent.'
  9. 'For instance, the comb of a male jungle fowl deteriorates when the bird is infested with a gut parasite, but the parasite has no effect on its plumage.'
  1. 'Chewing a piece of comb honey daily often helps to clear the nose and sinuses during hay fever attacks.'

verb

Untangle or arrange (the hair) by drawing a comb through it.
  1. 'neatly combed hair'
  2. 'His hair was neatly combed back and he looked very handsome.'
  3. 'His hair was neatly combed back, and he held an umbrella over his head.'
  4. 'Her red hair has been neatly combed back and braided.'
  5. 'He gently combed the tangles out of her hair and deftly plaited a long simple braid.'
  6. 'Her blonde hair was carefully combed, and she had put too much make-up.'
  7. 'His thinning hair, once carefully combed to the side, began to work its way loose.'
  8. 'He combed out all the tangles and made it shine even more.'
  9. 'For once, his hair had been combed neatly for the occasion.'
  10. 'His normally messy, disheveled brown hair was neatly combed back, revealing his big green eyes.'
  11. 'she combed the burrs out of the dog's coat'
  12. 'He gently combed the tangles out of her hair and deftly plaited a long simple braid.'
  13. '‘Good morning,’ I say, trying to comb the tangles out of my wet hair.'
  14. '‘There's men approaching the wall, Commander,’ he said as he tried to comb the icicles out of his beard with his gloved fingers.'
  15. 'The oil washes out with regular shampoo and the nits can be combed out easily because the oil loosens them.'
  16. 'Head lice are hard to spot on the hair but can be removed, and then identified, by combing them out.'
Prepare (wool, flax, or cotton) for manufacture with a comb.
  1. 'the socks are made of soft combed cotton'
  2. 'The second largest wool combing plant in Australia closed its doors.'
  3. 'All the literature said you had to ret the fibres and then comb them, basically an industrial process.'
Search carefully and systematically.
  1. no object 'his mother combed through the cardboard boxes'
  2. 'But you'll have to comb through humbling rosters of seven-figure properties first.'
  3. 'He was daydreaming about them combing the market for horses when he collided with someone.'
  4. 'I had been combing through the wreckage, searching for anyone that might have survived.'
  5. 'The Commissioner, however, spent the time engaging an army of investigators to comb through union records.'
  6. 'But it will still take us some time to comb through the evidence and make sure that we're not missing anything.'
  7. 'I spent most of yesterday combing through ads and making phone calls.'
  8. 'Television footage showed clothing strewn on the charred ground and investigators combing the site at night behind a cordon.'
  9. 'Divorce lawyers say clients are furious that neighbors are combing through the details of their cases (and are even brazen enough to discuss them with them).'
  10. 'More than 130 experts comb the fair before the opening to remove questionable items.'
  11. 'They combed through medical records and found 1,458 wrist fractures.'

More definitions

1. a toothed strip of plastic, hard rubber, bone, wood, or metal, used for arranging the hair, untangling it, or holding it in place.

2. a currycomb.

3. any comblike instrument, object, or formation.

4. the fleshy, more or less serrated outgrowth on the head of certain gallinaceous birds, especially the domestic fowl.

5. something resembling or suggesting this, as the crest of a wave.

6. a honeycomb, or any similar group of cells.

7. a machine for separating choice cotton or wool fi

More examples(as adjective)

"hairs can be comb."

Origin

(comb)Old English camb, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kam and German Kamm.