- 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
Examples from the Web for looms
But the sunlight is threatening to fade and a three-and-a-half-hour river journey back to Kisangani looms.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Minnesotans like it that way: The memory of Jesse Venture looms large in many memories.What Al Franken’s Normcore Senate Race Can Teach Other Democrats
Ana Marie Cox
October 27, 2014
Age also looms as a wildcard, with a generational divide further shaping the contours of the contest.2016 Just May Be the GOP Base’s Year
August 4, 2014
Lysa Arryn, the largely forgotten widow of the Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, looms large here.Game of Thrones’ ‘Oathkeeper’: Joffrey’s Killer Revealed, White Walkers, and A New Jaime Lannister
April 28, 2014
The question then looms for Kwan: Will she ever run for office herself?Figure Skater Michelle Kwan Chases Gold in Rhode Island’s Gubernatorial Race
April 17, 2014
I am a weaver, sir: for my rent they seized my two looms; then I had nothing to do.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
I will have it framed and handed down to my heirs, of which there are more than there will ever be looms.
There were no looms, mills, or shops on the plantation at Marster Moore's.
Thereafter the looms and weavers were pushed hard and had to turn to invention.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
These two looms were very old and had been several generations in the family.The Land of the Long Night
Paul du Chaillu
- 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 looms
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.