• Slash-Grain and Comb-Grain Flooring
    Slash-Grain and Comb-Grain Flooring
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n combing the act of drawing a comb through hair "his hair needed a comb"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Lorelei sits on a rock, combing her hair The Lorelei sits on a rock, combing her hair
Honey-bees building comb Honey-bees building comb
Comb of the tiny East Indian honey-bee Comb of the tiny East Indian honey-bee

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rap artist Sean "Puffy" Combs had his first job at age two when he modeled in an ad for Baskin-Robbins ice-cream shops.
    • Combing Hair arranged to be worn on the head.
    • Combing See Coamings.
    • Combing That which is caught or collected with a comb, as loose, tangled hair.
    • Combing The act or process of using a comb or a number of combs; as, the combing of one's hair; the combing of wool.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n combing The act of using a comb.
    • n combing The process of carding wool. See card, transitive verb, and carding-machine.
    • n combing The process of hackling flax.
    • n combing Graining on wood.
    • n combing That which is removed by combing or carding: generally in the plural: as, the combings of wool or hair.
    • n combing Hair combed over a bald part of the head.
    • n combing Same as coaming.
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  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.”
  • Judith Stern
    Judith Stern
    “Experience is a comb that life gives you after you lose your hair.”


In literature:

The top is crested with a comb of thatch, neatly applied.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
After the children came in, they combed their hair, and braided it, and washed their hands and faces.
"The Nest in the Honeysuckles, and other Stories" by Various
On one occasion Mr. Combe was consulted by Prince Albert with regard to the royal children, and was desired to examine their heads.
"Records of a Girlhood" by Frances Ann Kemble
He, too, had seen its passenger, a heavy, dark man with a short beard combed from the center to the sides.
"Charred Wood" by Myles Muredach
They contained a toothbrush, a comb, and a change of underwear.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Then, placing the head on her lap, she began to comb the golden hair.
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
The pure light from the blue sky and the pine-combed air from the hills were like wine to their young blood.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Then he struck me on the head and broke my comb.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
Attack on Classics by Combe, fifty years ago.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
There Unn lost her comb, so it was afterwards called Combness.
"Laxdæla Saga" by Anonymous
Once she moved his flowers to find her comb, and laid them down again.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Georgian wore such combs, but I cannot absolutely say that this is hers.
"The Chief Legatee" by Anna Katharine Green
It will take some time to comb my hair, too.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
And attached to the bed were drawers containing brushes, combs, etc.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
With fowls which have large topknots and beards the comb and wattles are generally much reduced in size.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Do not scratch the head or use a toothpick, earspoon or comb; these are for the privacy of your own apartment.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Nobody ever heard of an ant honey-comb.
"Harper's Young People, June 15, 1880" by Various
The combs being composed of pure wax, serve as a magazine for their stores, and a nursery for their young.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Now this old, old woman was a witch, and the comb was a magic comb, for as soon as it touched her hair, Gerda forgot all about Kay.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
It was combed and pomaded, and plaited with scrupulous care.
"The Broken Thread" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Nor golden sands nor sheltering combes can slake
Your fretful longing for some shore unknown,
And through your shrineless pilgrimage you make
Unending moan.
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
Have a thousand clean cells between us,
Eight combs of yellow cups,
And the hive itself a teacup,
White with pink flowers on it,
With excessive love I enameled it
"Stings" by Sylvia Plath
And they from the village of youth
Run by our doorsteps laughing,
Calling, to shew each other
The new shawl, the new comb, the new fan,
The new rose, the new lover.
"From The Portuguese" by Edith Nesbit
She combed his locks of ruddy gold, —
Ah, Rosalie!
She kissed his cheeks so lily-cold, —
Ah, Rosalie!
And lapped him in her mantle's fold:
Alas, alas for Rosalie!
"The Ballad Of Rosalie" by Cicely Fox Smith
And steeples pierce the cloud on her shoulder
And the streets that the fisherman combed
When his long-legged flesh was a wind on fire
And his loin was a hunting flame
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
No one ever bought your honey,
No one ever paid a penny
For a single comb of sweetness;
Every house was grim unto you
With foregone desire of eating
Bread whose taste had sweet of honey.
"Reminiscence" by Padraic Colum

In news:

57 PM on September 14, 2010 by Marianne Combs (2 Comments) Filed under: Media, Technology, Video.
He was born in Page County, Virginia on May 20, 1934, to the late Olga Olin Lytton and Roberta Clarine Combs Lytton .
15 AM on November 4, 2011 by Marianne Combs Filed under: Dance, Museums.
Officers from Lower Merion Township combed the scene searching for clues and gathering evidence.
She was born on April 7, 1929, in Fouke, AR, to Charles Coy and Mary Elizabeth Rister Combs.
02 PM on November 16, 2009 by Marianne Combs (6 Comments) Filed under: Funding.
14 PM on August 13, 2012 by Marianne Combs (0 Comments) Filed under: Books, Writing.
48 AM on June 19, 2012 by Marianne Combs Filed under: Arts management, Theater.
Nolan's follow-up offers more muted colors, gift-wrapped themes and GQ leading men with stockbroker comb-backs — indicators of high-minded artistry, all.
04 PM on November 10, 2009 by Marianne Combs (3 Comments) Filed under: Funding.
15 am Monday, July 2nd, Casper Search and Rescue crews were combing the river near the area of North Center and M Streets, when the discovery was made.
55 AM on July 10, 2012 by Marianne Combs Filed under: Music, Writing.
(AP) Parts of North Korean land mines washed up on South Korean shores near the border as troops continued combing the area Friday for other mines that may have been dislodged by deadly landslides and flooding, authorities said.
The software maker introduces tools that comb Web services applications.
Combing through a long list of confusing ward and precinct numbers followed by a slew of vote totals is enough to make most of us go cross-eyed, but if you want to know how individual neighborhoods voted that is often the only way to learn.

In science:

Topological bias, where at every vertex in the comb there is an increased probability of moving away from the origin was first studied for a random comb with a power-law distribution of tooth lengths in .
Biased random walks on combs
In some new, rigorous techniques were developed to study random walks on combs.
Biased random walks on combs
This enabled an exact, but very simple calculation of the spectral dimension of random combs.
Biased random walks on combs
The principal idea is to split both random combs and random walks into subsets that give either strictly controllable or exponentially decaying contributions to the calculation of physical characteristics.
Biased random walks on combs
In this paper we use and extend the techniques of to deal with biased walks on combs.
Biased random walks on combs
The random combs, the bias scenario, some useful generating functions and the critical exponents are defined in the next section.
Biased random walks on combs
In Section 3 we introduce some deterministic combs, discuss general properties of the generating functions and establish bounds that will be instrumental when studying random ensembles.
Biased random walks on combs
Section 4 looks at regions of bias where the large time behaviour is independent of the comb ensemble or simply dependent on the expectation value of the first return generating function in the teeth.
Biased random walks on combs
Two specific cases are considered: the random comb with nonzero probability of an infinitely long tooth at each vertex on the spine and the random comb with a power law distribution of tooth lengths.
Biased random walks on combs
The linear graphs attached to the spine are called the teeth of the comb, see figure 1.
Biased random walks on combs
In this paper we are interested in random combs for which the length ℓ of each tooth is identically and independently distributed with probability µℓ .
Biased random walks on combs
For an ensemble of combs, we will denote the expectation values of the generating functions for return and first return probabilities as Q(x) = hQC (x)iµ P (x) = hPC (x)iµ .
Biased random walks on combs
In considering the ensemble of combs µ, we define all these exponents in exactly the same way simply replacing PC (x) with hPC (x)iµ and so on.
Biased random walks on combs
Note that for a single recurrent comb β = α but in an ensemble this is no longer necessarily the case; applying Jensen’s inequality to (5) we see that β ≤ α.
Biased random walks on combs
Now consider the ensemble µ′ of combs C for which: Tk = N1 , k = 1..K − 1, TK = Nℓ ; at k > K teeth are short, Tk = N1 , with probability 1 − p or long, Tk = Nℓ , with probability p; and the nth tooth is short, Tn = N1 .
Biased random walks on combs