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Comb (verb)

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To Comb. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To divide, and clean, and adjust the hair with a comb.

                        Her care shall be
    To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool.
    Shakespeare.

    Divers with us, that are grown grey, and yet would appear young, find means to make their hair black, by combing it, as they say, with a leaden comb, or the like. Bacon's Nat. Hist.

                        She with ribbons tied
    His tender neck, and comb'd his silken hide.
    Dryden's Æn.

    There was a sort of engine, from which were extended twenty long poles, wherewith the man-mountain combs his head. Swift.

  2. To lay any thing consisting of filaments smooth, by drawing through narrow interslices; as, to comb wool.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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