comb out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v comb out smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb "comb your hair before dinner","comb the wool"
    • v comb out remove unwanted elements "The company weeded out the incompetent people","The new law weeds out the old inequities"
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Usage

In literature:

To find out definitely we fine-combed the country.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
She combed out my hair very tenderly, and then took the fine one and combed and looked over my head nearly one hour.
"Narrative of the Captivity of William Biggs among the Kickapoo Indians in Illinois in 1788" by William Biggs
The young girl then proceeded to comb out the long raven hair of her mistress.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
She was combing her silver hair, and every hair that fell on the ground rang out like pure metal.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Comb these ends out and trim them, to get the fringe even.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
Here they set out the honey comb that had been carried along, to serve as an attractive bait.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
Three out of the 16 zygotes contain R but not P, and these must be rose-combed birds.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
Shaking the dust out of his long hair and combing it out of his whiskers, he laughed at his ignorance and lack of resource.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
With a wooden comb Redbird had given her, Yellow Hair combed out her long blond locks and began to braid them again.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The Baker with care combed his whiskers and hair, And shook the dust out of his coats.
"The Hunting of the Snark" by Lewis Carroll
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In poetry:

A worthless, careless drinking lot
Combed out from between the Poles.
It's gin, and cards, a woman's breath,
Laughter and love and sudden death
And the Devil gets their souls.
"Flotsam" by Pat O Cotter
Shoot out in light and shine those rays on far,
Thou much more fair than is the Queen of Love,
When she doth comb her in her sphere above,
And from a planet turns a blazing-star.
"Upon Combing Her Hair" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
Comb, comb, your bright hair. Rain
Fiery threads upon a shadow.
Stare until you see dilated
Eyes stare out as once the excited
Young men coming out of shadow,
Stared into a burning pain.
"Admonition" by John Peale Bishop
He came, at length, to another flock,
Where a herd sat combing his yellow lock:
"Now listen, Herd, with the fleecy care;
Listen, and give me answers fair."
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow
Dame Puss goes out to wash her paws,
And to comb her whiskers with her claws,
When again the troublesome three appear;
"Oh mother dear, see here--see here!"
Distressed and shy
They begin to cry.
"The Three Little Kittens" by Clara Doty Bates
And there was one, beneath black eaves, who thought,
Combing with lifted arms her golden hair,
Of the lover who hurried towards her through the night;
And there was one who dreamed of a sudden death
As she blew out her light.
"The House Of Dust: Part 01: 04:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Sean 'Diddy' Combs dishes out vodka at birthday bash.
Came across this honey comb while out taking pictures yesterday.
The death toll from a commuter plane crash on Monday near Atlanta rose to five yesterday, as investigators began combing through the wreckage for clues about what caused the left engine to give out before the crash in a hayfield.
In Hong Kong on Saturday, the singer looked as if she combed through the Purple People Eater's hairbrush when she stepped out in a colorful dress made from faux purple hair.
Three short weeks ago the civil action suit brought against hip-hop artist Sean "Diddy" Combs after his involvement in a 1999 nightclub shoot-out was finally laid to rest.
Gusting wind at # PGA reminds me of what the wife of a (combed-over) buddy used to say about such conditions: "It's really bald out today".
The New Year's resolution of "out with the old and in with the new" applies to that out-of-view medicine cabinet behind the bathroom mirror that you stare at every morning while brushing your teeth or combing your hair.
After that, she took a comb and used it to fan out the sides.
They're asking readers to help them comb through the data and pull out the interesting bits (ie, the dirt).
So we have combed the thousands of gifts out there to find 15 stylish—eye-popping—choices.
Arrogant, willful and brusque, not paying attention to how he dressed or even to combing his hair, Ludwig van Beethoven wasn't a man cut out for high society.
The best of these is Wal-Mart, whose recommendation app, called ShopyCat, combs through your friends' Facebook profiles to figure out what they might like.
It makes post-shower comb-outs quick and painless.
Stretch out your curls with a wide-tooth comb and make them wavy, or play up volume by using your fingers to fluff them.
Crosswalks around the globe have been used to promote a wide variety of businesses including a McDonald's in Switzerland and a hair salon in India who created a comb out of the white striped crosswalk.
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In science:

Then we use the Rearrangement Lemma to dilute the teeth on the interval from 0 to N (x) = [x− 1 2 −ε ] so that they are regularly spaced and we can obtain an upper bound on ¯Q which turns out to be of the same form as the trivial lower bound on ¯Q coming from comparison with the full comb.
Random walks on combs
The former is the diffraction measure of the expectation E[ω ], while the inverse Fourier transform of the absolutely continuous component of ω turns out to be a weighted Dirac comb which satisfies a simple formula.
Random fields on model sets with localized dependency and their diffraction
This particle wind will “comb out” the magnetic field lines in the closed field line regions (Harding et al. 1999).
Wind braking of magnetars
The laser frequency comb turned out to be not only an indispensable element in laboratory optical frequency measurements, but is also in the process of proofing itself useful for astronomical observations.
Testing the Stability of the Fine Structure Constant in the Laboratory
Using the modern femtosecond laser frequency combs and polarization quantum-beat techniques, high precision measurements of hyperfine structure constants in 4P and 3D states are carried out [1, 2].
Revisiting Nuclear Quadrupole Moments in $^{39-41}$K Isotopes
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