Comb Definition

kōm
combed, combing, combs
noun
A thin strip of hard rubber, plastic, metal, etc. with teeth, passed through the hair to arrange, untangle, or clean it, or set in the hair to hold it in place or as an ornament.
Webster's New World
Anything like a comb in form, function, or location.
Webster's New World
An implement, such as one for dressing and cleansing wool or other fiber, that resembles a hair comb in shape or use.
American Heritage
A currycomb.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
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verb
combed, combing, combs
To clean, straighten out, or arrange with a comb.
Webster's New World
To move through or pass across with a raking action.
The wind combed the wheatfields.
American Heritage
To straighten and separate (wool or other fibers) using a comb.
American Heritage
To remove with or as with a comb; separate.
Webster's New World
To search thoroughly; look everywhere in.
To comb a house for a missing book.
Webster's New World
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abbreviation
Combination.
Webster's New World
Combining.
Webster's New World
Combustion.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Comb

Noun

Singular:
comb
Plural:
combs

Origin of Comb

  • From Middle English, from Old English camb (“comb”), from Proto-Germanic *kambaz (“comb”) (compare Swedish/Dutch kam, German Kamm), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰos (“tooth”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰ- (“to pierce, gnaw through”) (compare Tocharian B keme, Lithuanian žam̃bas (“sharp edge”), Old Church Slavonic зѫбъ (zǫbŭ), Albanian dhëmb, Ancient Greek γομφίος (gomphíos, “backtooth, molar”), Sanskrit जम्भ (jambha)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English gembh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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