noun \ˈlüm\

Definition of LOOM

:  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

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought



: 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

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



Definition of LOOM

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

First Known Use of LOOM



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