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English noun: comb

1. comb (artifact) a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair

Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)currycomb, fine-tooth comb, fine-toothed comb, pocket comb, pocketcomb

Part holonymtooth

2. comb (animal) the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds

Synonymscockscomb, coxcomb

Broader (hypernym)crest

Part meronymgallinacean, gallinaceous bird

3. comb (artifact) any of several tools for straightening fibers

Broader (hypernym)tool

Narrower (hyponym)hatchel, heckle

Part holonymtooth

4. comb (animal) ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore

Broader (hypernym)plate

Part meronymcomb jelly, ctenophore

5. comb (act) the act of drawing a comb through hair

SamplesHis hair needed a comb.


Broader (hypernym)hair care, haircare, hairdressing

Narrower (hyponym)comb-out, teasing

English verb: comb

1. comb (contact) straighten with a comb

SamplesComb your hair.

ExamplesThey comb their hair

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)straighten, straighten out

Narrower (hyponym)currycomb, hackle, hatchel, heckle, roach

2. comb (contact) search thoroughly

SamplesThey combed the area for the missing child.

ExamplesThe men comb the area for animals , The men comb for animals in the area


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)search

3. comb (body) smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb

SamplesComb your hair before dinner.
Comb the wool.

ExamplesThey comb their hair

Synonymscomb out, disentangle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)groom, neaten

Narrower (hyponym)fluff, sleek down, slick, slick down, tease

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