- 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.
- heirloom, workloom
- 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 lōma, ġelōma (“tool, utensil, implement, article of furniture, household effect”) (also as andlōma, andġelōma, andlāma (“utensil, instrument, implement, tool, vessel”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Middle Dutch allame (“tool”). Perhaps originally meaning "a thing of frequent use", in which case, akin to Old English ġelōme (“often, frequently, continually, repeatedly”), from Proto-Germanic *ga- + Proto-Germanic *lōmiz, *lōmijaz (“lame, halt”), from Proto-Indo-European *lem- (“to break, soften”). Compare Old High German giluomo, kilōmo (“often, frequently”), Old English lama (“lame”). 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 ljóma (“to shine”)