from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of loom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The indistinct and magnified appearance of objects seen in particular states of the atmosphere. See mirage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coming vaguely into view.
  • n. A form of mirage in which distant objects, usually across water, appear abnormally elevated above their true positions, this displacement being accompanied in many cases by a vertical magnification.


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  • The witness said Jackson is facing hundreds of millions of dollars of debt and what he called a looming financial crisis.

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  • Marais said the board was also concerned about the language issue in tertiary institutions, and warned urgent steps had to be taken to avert what she called a looming explosion.

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  • Muammar el-Qaddafi nine days ago, Mr. Obama said the United States had the responsibility and the international backing to stop what he characterized as a looming genocide in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

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  • The FCC chief reiterated what he characterized as a looming crisis in broadband service for the country as more consumers use data volume-heavy wireless devices such as iPhones and wireless laptops.

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  • Brown moved to the state budget crisis, which he described as looming over already strapped local governments.

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  • As prices continue to rise, Kenyans are watching and waiting to see if the government can head off what some are calling a looming crisis.

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  • My adjectival use: 'They had not studied for the looming exams.'

    August 22, 2011