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looming

[loo-ming] /ˈlu mɪŋ/
noun
1.
a mirage in which objects below the horizon seem to be raised above their true positions.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; loom2 + -ing1

loom1

[loom] /lum/
noun
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.
the part of an oar between the blade and the handle.
verb (used with object)
4.
to weave (something) on a loom.
Origin
before 900; Middle English lome, Old English gelōma tool, implement. See heirloom

loom2

[loom] /lum/
verb (used without object)
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.
noun
4.
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
1585-95; origin uncertain
Synonyms
2. rear, tower.
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British Dictionary definitions for looming

loom1

/luːm/
noun
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
Word Origin
C13 (meaning any kind of tool): variant of Old English gelōma tool; compare heirloom

loom2

/luːm/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to come into view indistinctly with an enlarged and often threatening aspect
2.
(of an event) to seem ominously close
3.
(often foll by over) (of large objects) to dominate or overhang
noun
4.
a rising appearance, as of something far away
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from East Frisian lomen to move slowly

loom3

/luːm/
noun (archaic or dialect)
1.
another name for diver (sense 3)
2.
any of various other birds, esp the guillemot
Word Origin
C17: from Old Norse lomr
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Word Origin and History for looming

loom

n.

weaving machine, Old English geloma "utensil, tool," from ge-, perfective prefix, + -loma, of unknown origin (cf. Old English andloman (plural) "apparatus, furniture"). Originally "implement or tool of any kind" (cf. heirloom); thus, "the penis" (c.1400-1600). Specific meaning "a machine in which yarn or thread is woven into fabric" is from c.1400.

v.

1540s, "to come into view largely and indistinctly," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Swedish loma, East Frisian lomen "move slowly"), perhaps a variant from the root of lame (adj.). Early used also of ships moving up and down. Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Loomed; looming.

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Related Abbreviations for looming

LOOM

Loyal Order of Moose
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