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Meaning of LOOM

Pronunciation:  loom

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile
  2. [v]  appear very large or occupy a commanding position; "The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain"; "Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall"
  3. [v]  come into view indistinctly, often threateningly; "Another air plane loomed into the sky"
  4. [v]  hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing; "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"

LOOM is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: brood, bulk large, hover, hulk, predominate, tower
 See Also: appear, carpet loom, figure loom, figured-fabric loom, handloom, hang, Jacquard loom, lift, look, power loom, rear, rise, seem, textile machine



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Loom\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    See {Loon}, the bird.
  2. \Loom\, n. [OE. lome, AS. gel?ma utensil, implement.]
    1. A frame or machine of wood or other material, in which a
       weaver forms cloth out of thread; a machine for
       interweaving yarn or threads into a fabric, as in knitting
       or lace making.
             Hector, when he sees Andromache overwhelmed with
             terror, sends her for consolation to the loom and
             the distaff.                          --Rambler.
    2. (Naut.) That part of an oar which is near the grip or
       handle and inboard from the rowlock. --Totten.
  3. \Loom\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Loomed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Looming}.] [OE. lumen to shine, Icel. ljoma; akin to AS.
    le['o]ma light, and E. light; or cf. OF. lumer to shine, L.
    luminare to illumine, lumen light; akin to E. light. ? See
    {Light} not dark.]
    1. To appear above the surface either of sea or land, or to
       appear enlarged, or distorted and indistinct, as a distant
       object, a ship at sea, or a mountain, esp. from
       atmospheric influences; as, the ship looms large; the land
       looms high.
             Awful she looms, the terror of the main. --H. J.
    2. To rise and to be eminent; to be elevated or ennobled, in
       a moral sense.
             On no occasion does he [Paul] loom so high, and
             shine so gloriously, as in the context. --J. M.
  4. \Loom\, n.
    The state of looming; esp., an unnatural and indistinct
    appearance of elevation or enlargement of anything, as of
    land or of a ship, seen by one at sea.
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