• (British) IPA: /luːm/
  • (America) IPA: /lum/

loom (plural looms)

  1. A utensil; tool; a weapon; (usually in compound) an article in general.
    heirloom, workloom
  2. 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.
  3. The part of an oar which is between the grip or handle and the blade, the shaft.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: черенок
  • Spanish: caña

loom (plural looms)

  1. (dated) loon (bird of order Gaviiformes)

loom (looms, present participle looming; past and past participle loomed) (intransitive)

  1. To appear indistinctly, eg. when seen on the horizon or through the murk.
    The clouds loomed over the mountains.
  2. (figurative) To appear in an exaggerated or threatening form; to be imminent.
  3. (figurative) 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.

loom (plural looms)

  1. A distorted appearance of something as seen indistinctly or from afar.

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