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n. The act or process of using a comb or a number of combs; as, the combing of one's hair; the combing of wool. The process of combing is used in straightening wool of long staple; short wool is carded. pl. (a) That which is caught or collected with a comb, as loose, tangled hair. (b) Hair arranged to be worn on the head. (c).


 - (Naut.) See Coamings.


 - 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.

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