UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈluːm/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/lum/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(lo̅o̅m)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
loom1 /lum/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Textilesa hand-operated or power-driven device for weaving fabrics.

v. [+ object]
  1. to weave (something) on a loom.

loom2 /lum/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to come into view in indistinct and enlarged form:Suddenly the mountain loomed over them.
  2. to assume form as an event about to happen:A battle looms at the border.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
loom1  (lo̅o̅m),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a hand-operated or power-driven apparatus for weaving fabrics, containing harnesses, lay, reed, shuttles, treadles, etc.
  2. the art or the process of weaving.
  3. Nautical, Naval Termsthe part of an oar between the blade and the handle.

  1. to weave (something) on a loom.
  • Middle English lome, Old English gelōma tool, implement. See heirloom bef. 900

loom2  (lo̅o̅m),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to appear indistinctly;
    come into view in indistinct and enlarged form:The mountainous island loomed on the horizon.
  2. to rise before the vision with an appearance of great or portentous size:Suddenly a police officer loomed in front of him.
  3. to assume form as an impending event:A battle looms at the convention.

  1. a looming appearance, as of something seen indistinctly at a distance or through a fog:the loom of a moraine directly in their path.
  • origin, originally uncertain 1585–95
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rear, tower.

loom3  (lo̅o̅m),USA pronunciation n. [Brit. Dial.]
  1. Birdsloon1.
  2. Birdsa guillemot or murre.
  • Old Norse lōmr
  • 1670–80

  • Loyal Order of Moose.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    loom /luːm/ n
    1. an apparatus, worked by hand (hand loom) or mechanically (power loom), for weaving yarn into a textile
    2. the middle portion of an oar, which acts as a fulcrum swivelling in the rowlock
    Etymology: 13th Century (meaning any kind of tool): variant of Old English gelōma tool; compare heirloom
    loom /luːm/ vb (intransitive)
    1. to come into view indistinctly with an enlarged and often threatening aspect
    2. (of an event) to seem ominously close
    3. (often followed by over) (of large objects) to dominate or overhang
    1. a rising appearance, as of something far away
    Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps from East Frisian lomen to move slowly
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