Definitions of loom

  1. To appear above the horizon; to rise on the view through, or as through, a haze, and larger than the real dimensions; to appear in large, yet faint, outlines in the stance.
  2. 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; as, the ship looms large; the land looms high.
  3. To rise and to be eminent; to be elevated or ennobled, in a moral sense.
  4. To rise gradually and appear large; as, difficulties loom up.
  5. To shine or appear above the horizon: to appear larger than the real size, as in a mist: to be seen at a distance in the mind's eye, as something in the future.
  6. To appear on the horizon, or through a mist.
  7. To rise gradually into prominence, as through a mist.
  8. hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing; " The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"
  9. To be seen imperfectly, as a ship on the horizon, or when seen through a mist; to appear indistinctly above the surface either of sea or land; to appear larger than the real size, and indistinctly; to appear to the mind's eye faintly or obscurely, or, as it were, in the distance.
  10. a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile
  11. See Loon, the bird.
  12. That part of an oar which is near the grip or handle and inboard from the rowlock.
  13. 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.
  14. A frame or machine for weaving cloth.
  15. The frame or machine for weaving cloth: the handle of an oar, or the part within the rowlock.
  16. Frame for weaving cloth, & c.
  17. A machine for weaving.
  18. A machine or frame in which a weaver works threads into cloth; the handle of an oar.
  19. A utensil; a tool; a machine in which cloth is woven; the part of an oar lying within the boat when rowing; hand- loom, a loom wrought by the hand; heir- loom, see heir; power- loom, a loom wrought by steam; jacguard- loom, a machine invented by M. Jacquard of Lyons for weaving figured goods.