- The definition of a comb is a thin, toothed tool used to arrange, smooth, untangle or hold hair.
An example of a comb is what Danny Zuko from the movie Grease used to keep his hair looking good.
- A comb is defined as a fleshy ridge or crest growing from the top of the head of some domestic or game birds.
An example of comb is the red tuft growing from a rooster's head.
- Comb means to thoroughly search for something, or to untangle, clean or straighten using a thin toothed hair styling tool.
- An example of to comb is searching an entire neighborhood for a lost dog.
- An example of to comb is pulling a hair styling tool through a child's hair to remove lice, combing the lice out with a comb.
A set of different types of combs.
comb definition by Webster's New World
- a thin strip of hard rubber, plastic, metal, etc. with teeth, passed through the hair to arrange or clean it, or set in the hair to hold it in place or as an ornament
- anything like a comb in form, function, or location; specif.,
- a currycomb
- a fine-toothed implement or machine used to clean and straighten long fibers of wool, cotton, flax, etc.
- a red, fleshy outgrowth on the top of the head, as of a rooster
- a thing like a rooster's comb in position or appearance, as the crest of a helmet
- a honeycomb
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English camb, comb, literally , toothed object ; from Indo-European an unverified form ombhos (from source Sanskrit jámbah, Classical Greek gomphos, tooth) ; from base an unverified form ĝembh-,ĝombh-, to bite, tooth
- to clean, straighten out, or arrange with a comb
- to remove with or as with a comb; separate: often with out
- ☆ to search thoroughly; look everywhere in: to comb a house for a missing book
comb definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A thin toothed strip, as of plastic, used to smooth, arrange, or fasten the hair.b. An implement, such as a card for dressing and cleansing wool or other fiber, that resembles a hair comb in shape or use.c. A currycomb.
- a. The fleshy crest or ridge that grows on the crown of the head of domestic fowl and other birds and is most prominent in the male.b. Something suggesting a fowl's comb in appearance or position.
- A honeycomb.
- a. To move a comb through (the hair) so as to arrange or groom: combed her hair with a comb; combed his hair with his fingers.b. To move though or pass across with a raking action: The wind combed the wheatfields.
- To card (wool or other fiber).
- To search thoroughly; look through: combed the dresser drawers for a lost bracelet.
- To eliminate with or as with a comb: combed the snarls out of his hair.
- To roll and break. Used of waves.
- To make a thorough search: combed through the file for the contract.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.