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
But the sunlight is threatening to fade and a three-and-a-half-hour river journey back to Kisangani looms.
The teachers union looms large in this book, often as an evil force.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Eric lobbies for an industry of benign usefulness, non-partisan in nature, and over which no cloud of serious controversy looms.
Age also looms as a wildcard, with a generational divide further shaping the contours of the contest.
The gray pile looms above me, cold and forbidding, and on its crest stands the black figure leering at me in triumph.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
After it was exhausted, the great crime of rebellion looms up in all its terrible proportions.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot | William Gannaway Brownlow
This is the true clerical question which looms darkly before the Spain of to-day.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
The mighty shadow which looms behind this tale of the Rebellion is that of the loyal Archbishop Tach.Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
The Spitalfields weavers made several riots and broke the looms of those who refused to join in their demands.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
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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