To Comb. v.a. [from the noun.]
- 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.
- To lay any thing consisting of filaments smooth, by drawing through narrow interslices; as, to comb wool.