- 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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- a guillemot or murre.
Origin of loom3
- Loyal Order of Moose.
Examples from the Web for loom
Jagged walls of rock, a palette of blacks and greys, loom over us.Want to Write a Book? Go to Iceland
May 26, 2014
In Moscow, these costs will loom larger in six months or a year from now than they do today.Cut the Baloney on Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 9, 2014
The shooting of the shooter made him loom all the larger in our imagination.Read This Book to Understand Lee Harvey Oswald
August 2, 2013
But the specter of political violence continues to loom over Egypt.Will Violence Erupt in Egypt?
March 1, 2013
As long as a more comprehensive solution remains elusive, the risks of failure will continue to loom large.A Foreign-Policy Cheat Sheet for Obama
January 17, 2013
She pointed to the web of beautifully-woven cloth in the loom.Tanglewood Tales
Instead of diminishing employment, the Jacquard loom increased it at least tenfold.Self-Help
In order to see the fresco, I had to get on the top of a loom.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
No, there is nothing in this Work which we can call ours, except it be the Loom.The Book of Khalid
Before it is ready for the loom, however, there are a number of operations which must be completed.The Fabric of Civilization
- 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 loom
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.