- a hand-operated or power-driven apparatus for weaving fabrics, containing harnesses, lay, reed, shuttles, treadles, etc.
- the art or the process of weaving.
- the part of an oar between the blade and the handle.
- to weave (something) on a loom.
Origin of loom1
- to appear indistinctly; come into view in indistinct and enlarged form: The mountainous island loomed on the horizon.
- to rise before the vision with an appearance of great or portentous size: Suddenly a police officer loomed in front of him.
- to assume form as an impending event: A battle looms at the convention.
- a looming appearance, as of something seen indistinctly at a distance or through a fog: the loom of a moraine directly in their path.
Origin of loom2
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She loomed large, potential, courageous, a woman who held life in her hands.
Through the mist of the December afternoon, it had loomed pleasantly before him.
Marriage, that had been but a vision then, loomed large, almost menacing.
To the north, Shoeburyness loomed vaguely, like a low-drifted bank of cloud.
Dark for both of them, in his understanding To-morrow loomed darkest for her.
- an apparatus, worked by hand (hand loom) or mechanically (power loom), for weaving yarn into a textile
- the middle portion of an oar, which acts as a fulcrum swivelling in the rowlock
- to come into view indistinctly with an enlarged and often threatening aspect
- (of an event) to seem ominously close
- (often foll by over) (of large objects) to dominate or overhang
- a rising appearance, as of something far away
- another name for diver (def. 3)
- any of various other birds, esp the guillemot
Word Origin and History for loomed
weaving machine, Old English geloma "utensil, tool," from ge-, perfective prefix, + -loma, of unknown origin (cf. Old English andloman (plural) "apparatus, furniture"). Originally "implement or tool of any kind" (cf. heirloom); thus, "the penis" (c.1400-1600). Specific meaning "a machine in which yarn or thread is woven into fabric" is from c.1400.
1540s, "to come into view largely and indistinctly," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Swedish loma, East Frisian lomen "move slowly"), perhaps a variant from the root of lame (adj.). Early used also of ships moving up and down. Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Loomed; looming.