Combing
Combing Comb"ing, n. 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: The process of combing is used in straightening wool of long staple; short wool is carded. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The baldness, thinness, and . . . deformity of their hair is supplied by borders and combings. --Jer. Taylor. (c) (Naut.) See {Coamings}. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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