comber

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n comber a machine that separates and straightens the fibers of cotton or wool
    • n comber a long curling sea wave
    • n comber a person who separates and straightens the fibers of cotton or wool
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Comber A long, curling wave.
    • n Comber Encumbrance. "Extol not riches then, the toil of fools,
      The wise man's cumbrance , if not snare."
    • Comber One who combs; one whose occupation it is to comb wool, flax, etc. Also, a machine for combing wool, flax, etc.
    • n Comber (Zoöl) The cabrilla. Also, a name applied to a species of wrasse.
    • v. t Comber To cumber.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n comber One who combs; one whose occupation is the combing of wool, etc.
    • n comber A long curling wave.
    • n comber An obsolete form of cumber.
    • n comber The Serranus cabrilla, also called smooth serranus and gaper, a fish of the sea-perch family, about a foot long, common on the southern coast of England.
    • n comber A species of wrasse or Labrus (L. maculatus, var. comber), with a white lateral band from the eye to the caudal fin, found on the Cornish coast. Also called comber wrasse.
    • n comber A machine for combing cotton, wool, and other textile fibers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Comber one who or that which combs wool, &c
    • n Comber kom′bēr a name applied to the gaper, a sea-perch, and to a species of wrasse.
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Usage

In literature:

For Comber we also have the older Kempster, and probably Kimber, from the Mid.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
A rushing comber swept the boat and nearly swamped it.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
Already the sea was rising in crested combers which broke with the noise of thunder and the fury of the wind was insensate.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
In all probability, they had an oar short, and the boat rolled them out when a comber broke upon her in the darkness.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
When the comber passed, he turned to Dick, who stood, alert and highly strung, at the helm.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
On she came, leaping and dropping broadside among the combers.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
In all probability, they had an oar short, and she rolled them out when a comber broke upon her in the darkness.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
The mercy of the comber that shall end me.
"The Seven Seas" by Rudyard Kipling
The first cotton comber was invented by a Frenchman of Alsace named Heilmann.
"The Fabric of Civilization" by Anonymous
With all my boyish pranks, I was generally a favourite among the combers.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
It must be understood that the comber is only used by a comparatively small proportion of the cotton spinners of the world.
"The Story of the Cotton Plant" by Frederick Wilkinson
To those in northern seas came the blinding sleet, the slate-grey combers and the innumerable hardships and dangers of winter patrol.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Frith the martyr, and Dean Comber, 201.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
As might be expected from a Hair-comber with a brush in his hand.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 1890.05.10" by Various
He breathed a hasty gasp of air before the next comber hit him.
"The Sensitive Man" by Poul William Anderson
His father was a wool-comber, of some small means, who lived till 1498.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
The first form of the wool-comber was far more perfect than the first form of most machines.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
A comber invented by John W. Nasmith is a modification of the foregoing.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 5" by Various
The long arm of the periscope with its "eye" on top had been raised, and it reached far above the biggest combers.
"The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam" by John Henry Goldfrap
Not if I know our combers.
"Harper's Round Table, May 28, 1895" by Various
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In poetry:

A big ship's topsails, a big ship's courses,
To race her along through the wild white horses;
Royals and skysails, a big ship's wings,
To lift her high where the comber swings.
"Sailmaker" by Bill Adams
I'm scared a lonely. Never see my son,
easy be not to see anyone,
combers out to sea
know they're goin somewhere but not me.
Got a little poison, got a little gun,
I'm scared a lonely.
"Dream Song 40: I'm scared a lonely. Never see my son" by John Berryman

In news:

Beach Comber Salon offers a relaxing hair experience.
Founder and owner of Beach Comber Salon, Debra Schroepfer, has been a professional hair stylist for 40 years.
Beach Comber Salon offers a relaxing hair experience.
Shepherd's pie with comber potatoes.
Why not help celebrate our homegrown produce with these Comber potato recipes from Balloo House chef Danny Millar.
A beach comber on a remote Alaskan island finds a soccer ball .
A beach comber on a remote Alaskan island finds a soccer ball.
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