noun (1)
\ ˈlüm How to pronounce loom (audio) \

Definition of loom

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a frame or machine for interlacing (see interlace sense 1) at right angles two or more sets of threads or yarns to form a cloth


loomed; looming; looms

Definition of loom (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to come into sight in enlarged or distorted and indistinct form often as a result of atmospheric conditions Storm clouds loomed on the horizon.
2a : to appear in an impressively great or exaggerated form deficits loomed large
b : to take shape as an impending occurrence the problems that loomed ahead


noun (2)

Definition of loom (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of loom in a Sentence

Verb Storm clouds loomed on the horizon. The mountains loom above the valley.

First Known Use of loom

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loom

Noun (1)

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

Verb and Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Loom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loom. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of loom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a frame or machine for weaving cloth


loomed; looming

Kids Definition of loom (Entry 2 of 2)

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 : to be about to happen A battle is looming.

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