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loom

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noun \ˈlüm\

Definition of loom

  1. :  a frame or machine for interlacing at right angles two or more sets of threads or yarns to form a cloth



Origin of loom

Middle English lome tool, loom, from Old English gelōma tool; akin to Middle Dutch allame tool


First Known Use: 15th century

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loom

verb

Simple Definition of loom

  • : to appear in a large, strange, or frightening form often in a sudden way : to appear in an impressively large or great form

  • : to be close to happening : to be about to happen

Full Definition of loom

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come into sight in enlarged or distorted and indistinct form often as a result of atmospheric conditions

  3. 2 a :  to appear in an impressively great or exaggerated form <deficits loomed large> b :  to take shape as an impending occurrence

Examples of loom

  1. Storm clouds loomed on the horizon.

  2. The mountains loom above the valley.



Origin of loom

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1541


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loom

noun

Definition of loom

  1. :  the indistinct and exaggerated appearance of something seen on the horizon or through fog or darkness; also :  a looming shadow or reflection



1836

First Known Use of loom

1836



LOOM Defined for Kids

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loom

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noun \ˈlüm\

Definition of loom

  1. :  a frame or machine for weaving cloth




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loom

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verb

Definition of loom

loomedloom·ing

  1. 1 :  to come into sight suddenly and often with a large, strange, or frightening appearance <A steep hill loomed ahead. — Lois Lowry, The Giver>

  2. 2 :  to be about to happen <A battle is looming.>





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