- An apparatus for making fabric by weaving yarn or thread.More example sentences
- Their elaborate fabrics, woven on looms from cotton and alpaca wool, are known today because they were used in a type of mummification process.
- We know that they hunted animals with bows and arrows and that they wove textiles using looms.
- I pulled up everything I could find on the laptop pertaining to weaving, textiles, looms and spinning.
Old English gelōma 'tool', shortened to lome in Middle English.
verb[no object, with adverbial]
- 1Appear as a vague form, especially one that is large or threatening: vehicles loomed out of the darknessMore example sentences
- As we swam to the first buoy, we noticed strange shapes looming up at us from beneath the surface.
- A dark shape loomed before him and he fell backwards, giving a yelp of dismay at his outline.
- Against the dull, grey sky, a selection of dark shapes loomed before Blaze.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of an event regarded as threatening) seem about to happen: there is a crisis looming dearer mortgages loomed large last nightMore example sentences
- Once well-deserved celebrations waned, the daunting task of finding a space loomed large.
- Despite police alerting people on the new rule, uncertainty loomed large on city roads till afternoon.
- My sense is that the probability of such an event looms nearer and grows larger with each passing day.
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- 1A vague and often exaggerated first appearance of an object seen in darkness or fog, especially at sea: the loom of the landMore example sentences
- His memoirs state that he was "conscious of the loom of the land about 3 am", little more than an hour before the landing.
- From the Monday to the Thursday I doubt whether it was ever possible from our windows in Baker Street to see the loom of the opposite houses.
- 1.1The dim reflection by cloud or haze of a light which is not directly visible, e.g. from a lighthouse over the horizon.More example sentences
- Rock, nothing but ocean waves for another 170 miles until the loom of the Fastnet light lifts above the horizon.
- Thousands pay homage every year and the loom of its light is a sight for seafarers' eyes.
- In the distance, straight ahead off the bow, I could see the loom of the green five-second light of the Block Island lighthouse.
mid 16th century: probably from Low German or Dutch; compare with East Frisian lōmen 'move slowly', Middle High German lüemen 'be weary'.