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.
Other definitions for loom (2 of 4)
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.
Other definitions for loom (3 of 4)
a guillemot or murre.
Other definitions for L.O.O.M. (4 of 4)
Loyal Order of Moose.
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How to use loom in a sentence
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Even as a child, I had always been around the loom and have had no doubt that I’ll be weaving.How a Wasteland Shrub Is Becoming the Next Big Thing in Fashion | Daniel Malloy | August 28, 2020 | Ozy
He was the larger-than-the-life figure, and he loomed impossibly large over this campaign.Former Providence Mayor & Ex-Con Buddy Cianci's Redemption Tour Goes Bust | David Freedlander | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All three loomed large, and all were entangled as the United States was being created.The Supreme Court Turns the First Amendment Into a Weapon for Corporations | Sally Kohn | July 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He resigned his seat two weeks later as a criminal indictment loomed.Voters Hate Seniors More Than Crooks; Can Thad Cochran Survive That? | Patricia Murphy | June 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He loomed like a god above us, as much a presence as any deity, and God knows he was accepted as such.
This is better than the Cold War when nuclear war loomed, but it is still sinister.
Neither of us spoke again, and at length the squat log buildings of Pend d' Oreille loomed ahead of us in the night.
There was another personality that loomed large, in those years, on the Midland—Samuel Swarbrick, the accountant.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
They were soon out-distanced, the palm-trees fell away, the soaring temple loomed against the blazing sky.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
The one thing that loomed big in my mind's eye was the monstrous injustice of the accusation.
A horse or a tree or a clump of brush loomed up grotesquely in the vaporous blur.
British Dictionary definitions for loom (1 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for loom (2 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for loom (3 of 3)
another name for diver (def. 3)
any of various other birds, esp the guillemot
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