Combining weight(Chem.), that proportional weight, usually referred to hydrogen as a standard, and for each element fixed and exact, by which an element unites with another to form a distinct compound. The combining weights either are identical with, or are multiples or submultiples of, the atomic weight. See Atomic weight, under Atomic, a.

(Com*bined") a. United closely; confederated; chemically united.

(Com*bin"ed*ly) adv. In combination or coöperation; jointly.

(Com*bin"er) n. One who, or that which, combines.

(Comb"ing) n.

1. 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.

2. pl. (a) That which is caught or collected with a comb, as loose, tangled hair. (b) Hair arranged to be worn on the head.

The baldness, thinness, and . . . deformity of their hair is supplied by borders and combings.
Jer. Taylor.

(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.

(Comb"less), a. Without a comb or crest; as, a combless cock.

(||Com`bo*lo"io) n. A Mohammedan rosary, consisting of ninety-nine beads. Byron.

(Comb"-shaped`) a. (Bot.) Pectinate.

(Com*bust") a. [L. combustus, p. p. of comburere to burn up; com- + burere of uncertain origin; cf. bustum funeral pyre, prurire to itch, pruna a live coal, Gr. pyrso`s firebrand, Skr. plush to burn.]

1. Burnt; consumed. [Obs.] Chaucer.

2. (Astron.) So near the sun as to be obscured or eclipsed by his light, as the moon or planets when not more than eight degrees and a half from the sun. [Obs.]

Planets that are oft combust.

1. To form a union; to agree; to coalesce; to confederate.

You with your foes combine,
And seem your own destruction to design

So sweet did harp and voice combine.
Sir W. Scott.

2. To unite by affinity or natural attraction; as, two substances, which will not combine of themselves, may be made to combine by the intervention of a third.

3. (Card Playing) In the game of casino, to play a card which will take two or more cards whose aggregate number of pips equals those of the card played.

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