Main definitions of comber in English

: comber1comber2

comber1

noun

  • 1A long curling sea wave:

    ‘the combers, glassy blue-green, moved slowly in’
    • ‘I was caught in a comber of snow - a maelstrom like the break of a tsunami.’
    • ‘Then a heavy comber shook my plane violently, tossing me from the cockpit into the water.’
    wave, breaker, roller, comber, billow
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  • 2A person or machine that prepares cotton or wool for manufacture by separating and straightening the fibres.

    • ‘What I never knew until now is that February 3, the day after Candlemas, is the Feast of St Blaise, the patron saint of wool combers.’
    • ‘The majority of combers, spinners, cob winders, spoolers, beamers, weavers, menders, and other workers (about three hundred in all) were female.’

Pronunciation:

comber

/ˈkəʊmə/

Main definitions of comber in English

: comber1comber2

comber2

noun

  • A small fish that gapes when dead, occurring in shallow waters from the western English Channel to the Mediterranean.

    Also called gaper
    • ‘On rocky rummages in the shallows you might spy damsel fish, red mullet, painted combers and rainbow wrasse before they dart off.’
    • ‘It was interesting to observe how his copious nosebleed excited the fish, which came tumbling in to find out what was going on - the grouper, always inquisitive anyway, bream, combers and damselfish.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

comber

/ˈkəʊmə/