Combing - meaning and definition. What is Combing
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What (who) is Combing - definition

Combs (textiles); Combed cotton; Combing wool
  • Noble comber in [[Bradford]]

·noun Hair arranged to be worn on the head.
II. Combing ·noun ·see Coamings.
III. Combing · & ·vb.n. of Comb.
IV. Combing ·noun That which is caught or collected with a comb, as loose, tangled hair.
V. Combing ·noun The act or process of using a comb or a number of combs; as, the combing of one's hair; the combing of wool.
Combing is a method for preparing carded fibre for spinning. Combing is divided into linear and circular combing.
combing wool         
¦ noun long-stapled wool with straight, parallel fibres, suitable for combing and making into high-quality fabrics. Compare with carding wool.



Combing is a method for preparing carded fibre for spinning. Combing aligns fibers in parallel before spinning to produce a smoother, stronger, and more lustrous yarn. The process of combing is accompanied by gilling, a process of evening out carded or combed top making it suitable for spinning. Combing separates out short fibres by means of a rotating ring or rectilinear row of steel pins. The fibres in the 'top' it produces have been straightened and lie parallel to each other. When combing wool, the discarded short fibres are called noils, and are ground up into shoddy.

In general, there are two main systems of preparing fibre for yarn: the worsted system and the woollen system. The worsted system is defined by the removal of short fibres by combing and top preparation by gilling. In the woollen system, short fibres are retained, and it may or may not involve combing.

Combing is divided into linear and circular combing. The Noble comb is an example of circular combing. The French comb is an example of linear combing.

Pronunciation examples for Combing
1. This is called combing.
Crafting a Patterned Home _ Kristin Nicholas _ Talks at Google
2. We were combing through mastheads.
Roadtrip Nation _ Mike Marriner & Nathan Gebhard _ Talks at Google
3. It's always combing over itself.
Here I Am - A Novel _ Jonathan Safran Foer _ Talks at Google
4. It's like beach-combing, you know?
5. And they'll think about sort of combing
Jeff DeGraff, Staney DeGraff _ Talks at Google
Examples of use of Combing
1. Ethiopia security forces were also combing the area.
2. Those finds prompted searchers to concentrate on combing the shoreline.
3. Scuba divers, speedboats and helicopters are combing the crash site.
4. Troops began combing surrounding areas for traces of the assailant.
5. Tuesday’s combing of the three districts continued until 1 a.m.