Comb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Combed p. pr. & vb. n. Combing.] To disentangle, cleanse, or adjust, with a comb; to lay smooth and straight with, or as with, a comb; as, to comb hair or wool. See under Combing.
Comb down his hair; look, look! it stands upright. --Shak.
1. The act or process of using a comb or a number of combs; as, the combing of one's hair; the combing of wool.
Note: ☞ The process of combing is used in straightening wool of long staple; short wool is carded.
2. pl. (a) That which is caught or collected with a comb, as loose, tangled hair. (b) Hair arranged to be worn on the head.
The baldness, thinness, and . . . deformity of their hair is supplied by borders and combings. --Jer. Taylor.
(c) Naut. See Coamings.
Combing machine Textile Manuf., a machine for combing wool, flax, cotton, etc., and separating the longer and more valuable fiber from the shorter. See also Carding machine, under Carding.
n : the act of drawing a comb through hair; "his hair needed a
comb" [syn: comb]