What does the word combing mean?

Usage examples for combing

  1. He was always small- featured and smooth- shaved, and I don' know as, to come in sudden, you would have thought he was a man, except his hair stood up short and straight all on the top of his head, as men- folks had a fashion o' combing their hair then, and I must say he did make a dreadful ordinary- looking woman. – Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett
  2. And then he adds: I would have given something to see a ragged fence, or an old stump, or a bit of rock, or even a stone as big as one's fist, to show that man's hand had not been combing Nature's head so vigorously. – William Hickling Prescott by Harry Thurston Peck