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loam

 (lōm)
n.
1. Soil composed of a mixture of sand, clay, silt, and organic matter.
2. A mixture of moist clay and sand, and often straw, used especially in making bricks and foundry molds.
tr.v. loamed, loam·ing, loams
To fill, cover, or coat with loam.

[Middle English lam, lom, clay, from Old English lām; see lei- in Indo-European roots.]

loam′y adj.

loam

(ləʊm)
n
1. (Geological Science) rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand, clay, and decaying organic material
2. (Elements & Compounds) a paste of clay and sand used for making moulds in a foundry, plastering walls, etc
vb
(tr) to cover, treat, or fill with loam
[Old English lām; related to Old Swedish lēmo clay, Old High German leimo]
ˈloamy adj
ˈloaminess n

loam

(loʊm)
n.
1. a rich, friable soil containing a relatively equal mixture of sand and silt and a somewhat smaller proportion of clay.
2. a mixture of clay, sand, straw, etc., used in making molds for founding and in plastering walls, stopping holes, etc.
3. earth or soil.
4. Obs. clay or clayey earth.
v.t.
5. to cover or stop with loam.
[before 900; lome, earlier lam(e), Old English lām, c. Middle Dutch leem]
loam′i•ness, n.
loam′y, adj.

loam

(lōm)
Soil composed of approximately equal quantities of sand, silt, and clay. It typically also contains decayed plant matter.

loam


Past participle: loamed
Gerund: loaming

Imperative
loam
loam
Present
I loam
you loam
he/she/it loams
we loam
you loam
they loam
Preterite
I loamed
you loamed
he/she/it loamed
we loamed
you loamed
they loamed
Present Continuous
I am loaming
you are loaming
he/she/it is loaming
we are loaming
you are loaming
they are loaming
Present Perfect
I have loamed
you have loamed
he/she/it has loamed
we have loamed
you have loamed
they have loamed
Past Continuous
I was loaming
you were loaming
he/she/it was loaming
we were loaming
you were loaming
they were loaming
Past Perfect
I had loamed
you had loamed
he/she/it had loamed
we had loamed
you had loamed
they had loamed
Future
I will loam
you will loam
he/she/it will loam
we will loam
you will loam
they will loam
Future Perfect
I will have loamed
you will have loamed
he/she/it will have loamed
we will have loamed
you will have loamed
they will have loamed
Future Continuous
I will be loaming
you will be loaming
he/she/it will be loaming
we will be loaming
you will be loaming
they will be loaming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been loaming
you have been loaming
he/she/it has been loaming
we have been loaming
you have been loaming
they have been loaming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been loaming
you will have been loaming
he/she/it will have been loaming
we will have been loaming
you will have been loaming
they will have been loaming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been loaming
you had been loaming
he/she/it had been loaming
we had been loaming
you had been loaming
they had been loaming
Conditional
I would loam
you would loam
he/she/it would loam
we would loam
you would loam
they would loam
Past Conditional
I would have loamed
you would have loamed
he/she/it would have loamed
we would have loamed
you would have loamed
they would have loamed

loam

A medium-texture soil that is rich in humus and contains roughly equal parts of sand, silt and clay particles. It is usually well drained and easy to work.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loam - a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materialsloam - a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materials
regur, regur soil - a rich black loam of India
chernozemic soil - a rich black loam of Russia
dirt, soil - the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
Translations
hiuesavimaa

loam

[ləʊm] Nmarga f

loam

[ˈləʊm] nterreau m

loam

nLehmerde f

loam

[ləʊm] nterriccio (fertile)
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Presently a great hole was torn in the hull of one of the immense battle craft from the Zodangan camp; with a lurch she turned completely over, the little figures of her crew plunging, turning and twisting toward the ground a thousand feet below; then with sickening velocity she tore after them, almost completely burying herself in the soft loam of the ancient sea bottom.
You would almost have thought he was digging a cellar there in the sea; and when at length his spade struck against the gaunt ribs, it was like turning up old Roman tiles and pottery buried in fat English loam.
But now, when all purpose was gone, that habit of looking towards the money and grasping it with a sense of fulfilled effort made a loam that was deep enough for the seeds of desire; and as Silas walked homeward across the fields in the twilight, he drew out the money and thought it was brighter in the gathering gloom.
The depressions in the soil are covered with a black, rich loam, on which there is a vigorous vegetation.
In the evening, therefore, he placed a ladder against the partition wall between their gardens, and, looking into that of his neighbour Van Baerle, he convinced himself that the soil of a large square bed, which had formerly been occupied by different plants, was removed, and the ground disposed in beds of loam mixed with river mud (a combination which is particularly favourable to the tulip), and the whole surrounded by a border of turf to keep the soil in its place.
I drew the short cutlass with which both officers and men of the navy are, as you know, armed out of courtesy to the traditions and memories of the past, and with its point dug into the loam about the roots of the vegetation growing at my feet.
The shovelfuls of loam, black as jet, brought there by the river when it was as wide as the whole valley, were an essence of soils, pounded campaigns of the past, steeped, refined, and subtilized to extraordinary richness, out of which came all the fertility of the mead, and of the cattle grazing there.
But here in the hills, where loose rock occasionally strewed the way; where black loam and wild flowers partially replaced the sombre monotony of the waste places of the lowlands, Carthoris hoped to find some sign that would lead him in the right direction.
The loam was soft and easily removed, and it was not long until Tarzan had exposed that part of one of the stakes which was imbedded in the wall of the pit to almost its entire length, leaving only enough imbedded to prevent the stake from falling into the excavation.
On the mainland in front of San Lorenzo, near Bellavista, there is an extensive and level plain about a hundred feet high, of which the lower part is formed of alternating layers of sand and impure clay, together with some gravel, and the surface, to the depth of from three to six feet, of a reddish loam, containing a few scattered sea-shells and numerous small fragments of coarse red earthenware, more abundant at certain spots than at others.
With war spears they loosened the thick, black loam and the deep layers of rotting vegetation.
The smashing and rebound of the floes as they grounded and splintered marked the borders of it, and a friendly shoal ran out to the northward, and turned aside the rush of the heaviest ice, exactly as a ploughshare turns over loam.