- The definition of a loom is a machine used for weaving yarn or thread into fabric.
An example of loom is what a textile maker would use to create fabric.
- a machine for weaving thread or yarn into cloth
- the art of weaving: usually with the
Origin of loomON hlumr the part of an oar or paddle between the handle and the blade
Origin of loomMiddle English lome ; from Old English (ge)loma, tool, utensil
Origin of loomearlier lome, loam ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
intransitive verbloomed, loom·ing, looms
- To come into view as a massive, distorted, or indistinct image: “I faced the icons that loomed through the veil of incense” (Fergus M. Bordewich). See Synonyms at appear.
- To appear to the mind in a magnified and threatening form: “Stalin looms over the whole human tragedy of 1930–1933” (Robert Conquest).
- To seem imminent; impend: Revolution loomed but the aristocrats paid no heed.
Origin of loomPerhaps of Scandinavian origin.
transitive verbloomed, loom·ing, looms
Origin of loomMiddle English lome, from Old English gelōma, tool : ge-, collective pref.; see yclept + -lōma, tool (as in handlōman, tools).
- A utensil; tool; a weapon; (usually in compound) an article in general.
- 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.
- That part of an oar which is near the grip or handle and inboard from the rowlock
From Middle English lome, from Old English lÅma, Ä¡elÅma (â€œtool, utensil, implement, article of furniture, household effectâ€) (also as andlÅma, andÄ¡elÅma, andlÄma (â€œutensil, instrument, implement, tool, vesselâ€), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Middle Dutch allame (â€œtoolâ€). Perhaps originally meaning "a thing of frequent use", in which case, akin to Old English Ä¡elÅme (â€œoften, frequently, continually, repeatedlyâ€), from Proto-Germanic *ga- + Proto-Germanic *lÅmiz, *lÅmijaz (â€œlame, haltâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *lem- (â€œto break, softenâ€). Compare Old High German giluomo, kilÅmo (â€œoften, frequentlyâ€), Old English lama (â€œlameâ€). See lame.
- (dated) loon (bird of order Gaviformes)
(third-person singular simple present looms, present participle looming, simple past and past participle loomed)
From Old Norse ljÃ³ma (â€œto shineâ€)