- a mirage in which objects below the horizon seem to be raised above their true positions.
Origin of looming
- 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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Examples from the Web for looming
Finally, as with other medications, the looming question is that of globalization.Mother’s Little Anti-Psychotic Is Worth $6.9 Billion A Year
November 9, 2014
Visitors are greeted by a looming gothic gate, the kind used to signify that important residents lie behind its spires.Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard
October 23, 2014
But the causes belie a looming emergency that may leave hospitals scrambling, Red Cross officials said.The Red Cross Is 80,000 Blood Donations Short
July 25, 2014
No one was especially eager to deliver news of a disastrous military defeat or looming economic crisis.How the News Business Found Its Footing
June 22, 2014
But he was fully devoted to EL, and made preparations for the looming doomsday.Is This The Scariest Doomsday Sect in China?
June 20, 2014
But after that he was afraid no more of the looming bulks of the tepees.White Fang
By his own admission he was against the law, a “crook,” and—the penitentiary was looming.The Law-Breakers
Do not see in my words the looming of a momentous sensation.Latin America and the United States
Some of them tore down a side street, straight before the looming onrush.The Long Roll
The Home Galaxy was looming large when they next stopped for observation.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
- 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 looming
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.