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intr.v. loomed, loom·ing, looms
1. To come into view as a massive, distorted, or indistinct image: "I faced the icons that loomed through the veil of incense" (Fergus M. Bordewich). See Synonyms at appear.
2. To appear to the mind in a magnified and threatening form: "Stalin looms over the whole human tragedy of 1930-1933" (Robert Conquest).
3. To seem imminent; impend: Revolution loomed but the aristocrats paid no heed.
A distorted, threatening appearance of something, as through fog or darkness.
[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
An apparatus for making thread or yarn into cloth by weaving strands together at right angles.
tr.v. loomed, loom·ing, looms
To weave (a tapestry, for example) on a loom.
[Middle English lome, from Old English gelōma, tool : ge-, collective pref.; see yclept + -lōma, tool (as in handlōman, tools).]