from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One, such as a machine or a worker, that combs something, such as wool.
- n. A long wave that has reached its peak or broken into foam; a breaker.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a person who combs wool, etc
- n. a machine that combs wool, etc
- n. a long, curving wave breaking on the shore
- n. a type of seawater fish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who combs; one whose occupation it is to comb wool, flax, etc. Also, a machine for combing wool, flax, etc.
- n. A long, curling wave.
- n. Encumbrance.
- n. The cabrilla. Also, a name applied to a species of wrasse.
- transitive v. To cumber.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who combs; one whose occupation is the combing of wool, etc.
- n. A long curling wave.
- n. An obsolete form of cumber.
- n. 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. 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. A machine for combing cotton, wool, and other textile fibers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long curling sea wave
- n. a machine that separates and straightens the fibers of cotton or wool
- n. a person who separates and straightens the fibers of cotton or wool
They all had caps of the same pattern, and wore a subdued look, in addition to their naturally aquiline features, as if a breaker -- a "comber" -- had washed over them.
_Chelton_ was shot through what seemed to be a "comber" as if she had been a submarine.
This was just after Mr Zachariah Lathrope, the American passenger, had so well illustrated Virgil's line, _facilus descensus averni_, in coming down the stairway by the run, on the top of a "comber;" and, although the steward had lit one of the swinging lamps over the cuddy table, it only served, with its feeble flickering light, to "make the darkness visible" and render the scene more sombre.
"No, I was not, I was very busy all day 'taking observations' every hour or two, and it was at twelve o'clock this very night that the 'comber' broke on deck."
"comber" met us, we were literally _buried_ for the moment, while it swept over us.
"A 'comber' is the name for a large wave with a comb or crest of foam, a sort of wave over which our ship ought to have ridden; but I must tell you that it was no easy matter to meet them on this occasion, because
A few minutes later I came charging in on a comber.
How was I to stop that comber on whose back I was?
The deserted boat was in the trough of the sea, rolling drunkenly across each comber, its loose spritsail out at right angles to it and fluttering and flapping in the wind.
Even as they spoke, the black tarpaulin swooped from sight behind a big comber.