What does loom mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loom(verb)

    a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile

  2. loom(verb)

    come into view indistinctly, often threateningly

    "Another air plane loomed into the sky"

  3. loom, tower, predominate, hulk(verb)

    appear very large or occupy a commanding position

    "The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain"; "Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall"

  4. brood, hover, loom, bulk large(verb)

    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing

    "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"

  5. loom(verb)

    weave on a loom

    "materials loomed in Egypt"


  1. Loom(v. i.)

    To become imminent; to impend.

  2. Origin: [OE. lumen to shine, Icel. ljoma; akin to AS. lema light, and E. light; or cf. OF. lumer to shine, L. luminare to illumine, lumen light; akin to E. light. 122. See Light not dark.]


  1. loom(Noun)

    loon (bird of order Gaviformes)

  2. loom(Verb)

    to impend; to threaten or hang over

    The clouds loomed over the mountains.

  3. Origin: From lome, from loma, geloma (also as andloma, andgeloma, andlama, of uncertain origin. Cognate with allame. Perhaps originally meaning "a thing of frequent use", in which case, akin to gelome, from ga- + lōmiz, from lem-. Compare giluomo, kilomo, lama. See lame.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loom(noun)

    see Loon, the bird

  2. Loom(noun)

    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

  3. Loom(noun)

    that part of an oar which is near the grip or handle and inboard from the rowlock

  4. Loom(verb)

    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

  5. Loom(verb)

    to rise and to be eminent; to be elevated or ennobled, in a moral sense

  6. Loom(noun)

    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

  7. Origin: [OE. lumen to shine, Icel. ljoma; akin to AS. lema light, and E. light; or cf. OF. lumer to shine, L. luminare to illumine, lumen light; akin to E. light. 122. See Light not dark.]


  1. Loom

    Loom is a graphical adventure game originally released in 1990. It was both developed and published by Lucasfilm Games and was the fourth game to use the SCUMM adventure game engine. The project was led by Brian Moriarty, a former Infocom employee and author of the classic text adventures Wishbringer, Trinity and Beyond Zork. In 2009 the game was released for digital download on Steam content delivery system.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Loom

    lōōm, n. a machine in which yarn or thread is woven into a fabric, by the crossing of threads called chain or warp, running lengthwise, with others called weft, woof, or filling; the handle of an oar, or the part within the rowlock.—n. Jac′quard-loom, a famous apparatus devised by Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752-1834), invaluable in weaving the finer kinds of figured silk fabrics. [A.S. gelóma, a tool.]

  2. Loom

    lōōm, v.i. to appear above the horizon, or larger than the real size: to show large in darkness, &c.: to stand out prominently in the future.—n. Loom′ing, a mirage. [O. Fr. lumer—L. lumināre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loom in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry Ward Beecher:

    We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.

  2. Gary Lynch:

    If people are more comfortable inside their shelter, then they are more likely to use it and not have a problem waiting out the dangerous elements that could loom outside.

  3. Rig Veda:

    Wake up with one mind, my friends, and kindle the fire, you many who share the same nest. Make your thoughts harmonious stretch them on the loom make a ship whose oars will carry us across.

  4. Julian Wang:

    The data showed the signs of stabilisation, which is very encouraging, however, public sector investment and housing market are slowing down. So the challenges still loom quite large in the second half of the year.

  5. Madam Chaiang Kai-shek:

    I go walking, and the hills loom above me, range upon range, one against the other. I cannot tell where one begins and another leaves off. But when I talk with God, He lifts me up where I can see clearly where everything has a distinct contour.

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