- 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: ON hlumrthe part of an oar or paddle between the handle and the blade
Origin: Middle English lome from Old English (ge)loma, tool, utensil
Origin: earlier lome, loam from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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intransitive verb loomed, 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: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
Origin: Middle English lome, from Old English gelōma, tool : ge-, collective pref.; see yclept + -lōma, tool (as in handlōman, tools).