1. A frame or machine of wood or other material, in which a weaver forms cloth out of thread; a machine
for interweaving yarn or threads into a fabric, as in knitting or lace making.
Hector, when he sees Andromache overwhelmed with terror, sends her for consolation to the loom and
2. (Naut.) That part of an oar which is near the grip or handle and inboard from the rowlock. Totten.
(Loom), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Loomed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Looming.] [OE. lumen to shine, Icel.
ljoma; akin to AS. leóma light, and E. light; or cf. OF. lumer to shine, L. luminare to illumine, lumen
light; akin to E. light. &radic122. See Light not dark.]
1. 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.
Awful she looms, the terror of the main.H. J. Pye.
2. To rise and to be eminent; to be elevated or ennobled, in a moral sense.
On no occasion does he [Paul] loom so high, and shine so gloriously, as in the context.J. M. Mason.
(Loom), n. 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.
(Loom"-gale`) n. A gentle gale of wind.
(Loom"ing), n. The indistinct and magnified appearance of objects seen in particular states of
the atmosphere. See Mirage.
(Loon) n. [Scot. loun, lown, loon; akin to OD. loen a stupid man; prob. for an older lown, and
akin to E. lame.] A sorry fellow; a worthless person; a rogue.
(Loon), n. [For older loom, Icel. lmr; akin to Dan. & Sw. lom.] (Zoöl.) Any one of several aquatic,
wed-footed, northern birds of the genus Urinator noted for their expertness in diving and swimming
under water. The common loon, or great northern diver (Urinator imber, or Colymbus torquatus), and
the red-throated loon or diver (U. septentrionalis), are the best known species. See Diver.
(Loon"y) a. See Luny.
(Loop) n. [G. luppe an iron lump. Cf. Looping.] (Iron Works) A mass of iron in a pasty condition
gathered into a ball for the tilt hammer or rolls. [Written also loup.]
(Loop), n. [Cf. Ir. & Gael. lub loop, noose, fold, thong, bend, lub to bend, incline.]
1. A fold or doubling of a thread, cord, rope, etc., through which another thread, cord, etc., can be passed,
or which a hook can be hooked into; an eye, as of metal; a staple; a noose; a bight.
That the probation bear no hinge, nor loopShak.
To hang a doubt on.
2. A small, narrow opening; a loophole.
And stop all sight-holes, every loop from whenceShak.
The eye of Reason may pry in upon us.
3. A curve of any kind in the form of a loop.
4. (Telegraphy) A wire forming part of a main circuit and returning to the point from which it starts.