combing n : the act of drawing a comb through hair; "his hair needed a comb" [syn: comb]
- present participle of comb
Combing is a method for preparing fiber for spinning by use of combs. The combs used have long metal teeth, and hardly resemble the comb used on hair. They are used in a similar fashion though, with one comb holding the fiber while the other is moved through, slowly transferring the fiber to the moving comb.
Combing the fibers removes the short fibers and arranges the fiber in a flat bundle, with all the fibers going the same direction. This preparation is commonly used to spin a worsted yarn. Woolen yarns cannot be spun from fiber prepared with combs, instead the fiber must be carded. In general, combing is done with fibers that are longer, and carding with fibers of a shorter length.