from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To appear to the mind in a magnified and threatening form: "Stalin looms over the whole human tragedy of 1930-1933” ( Robert Conquest).
- intransitive v. To seem imminent; impend: Revolution loomed but the aristocrats paid no heed.
- n. A distorted, threatening appearance of something, as through fog or darkness.
- n. An apparatus for making thread or yarn into cloth by weaving strands together at right angles.
- transitive v. To weave (a tapestry, for example) on a loom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A utensil; tool; a weapon; (usually in compound) an article in general.
- n. 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
- n. That part of an oar which is near the grip or handle and inboard from the rowlock
- n. loon (bird of order Gaviformes)
- v. to impend; to threaten or hang over
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See loon, the bird.
- n. 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.
- n. That part of an oar which is near the grip or handle and inboard from the rowlock.
- n. The state of looming; esp., an unnatural and indistinct appearance of elevation or enlargement of anything, as of land or of a ship, seen by one at sea.
- intransitive v. To appear above the surface either of sea or land, or to appear enlarged, or distorted and indistinct, as a distant object, a ship at sea, or a mountain, esp. from atmospheric influences
- intransitive v. To rise and to be eminent; to be elevated or ennobled, in a moral sense.
- intransitive v. To become imminent; to impend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To weave.
- To shine.
- Specifically To appear indistinctly; come dimly into view, as from below the horizon or through a mist; rise up before the vision so as to give the impression of indistinct bulk or largeness: stand out prominently in the prospect: often used figuratively.
- To put into or adjust in a loom.
- n. A utensil; a tool; a weapon; an article in general: now used only in composition, as in heir-loom, workloom, etc. See heirloom.
- n. A machine for weaving any fabric from yarn or thread.
- n. The part of an oar between the blade and the handle; the shaft.
- n. A chimney.
- n. A coming indistinctly or vaguely into view; also, the indistinct or unnaturally enlarged appearance of anything, as land, seen at a distance or through a fog. See looming.
- n. The track of a fish.
- n. A loon. See loon.
- n. A guillemot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. come into view indistinctly, often threateningly
- v. weave on a loom
- v. hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
- n. a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile
- v. appear very large or occupy a commanding position
Would the fact that the firings came in the middle of the president's term loom quite so large?
With the Court on the sidelines, the powers of the president of the Senate will once again loom large.
Her loom is indeed an heirloom, and the simple contrivance is often elaborately carved, it being the pastime of lovers of successive generations to make fresh carving on the fair one's loom.
Life's subtle woof in Nature's loom is wove; their fibres.
As midterm loom, mosque near Ground Zero dominates debate
One end of the loom is fastened to a strong pole lying horizontally, against which the weaver presses her feet, and the other end is held fast by a band round her back; thus her work is kept stretched, and I have stood hours watching her lift the threads, and form – with, to me, deft and bewildering swiftness, as well as surpassing patience – the favourite Tenimber pattern which borders all the garments they make.
(A loom is one of those old timey things they made clothes on.
Would the fact that the firings came in the middle of the president’s term loom quite so large?
A mysterious gift, an injured swan and a secret name loom large in this luminous novel based on the childhood of one of the 20th century's greatest poets.
Partly because the commercial real-estate debt market is nearly three times as big now as in the early 1990s, potential losses in dollar terms loom larger.