Loom Loom (l[=oo]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Loomed} (l[=oo]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Looming}.] [OE. lumen to shine, Icel. ljoma; akin to AS. le['o]ma light, and E. light; or cf. OF. lumer to shine, L. luminare to illumine, lumen light; akin to E. light. [root]122. 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. [1913 Webster]

Awful she looms, the terror of the main. --H. J. Pye. [1913 Webster]

2. To rise and to be eminent; to be elevated or ennobled, in a moral sense. [1913 Webster]

On no occasion does he [Paul] loom so high, and shine so gloriously, as in the context. --J. M. Mason. [1913 Webster]

3. To become imminent; to impend. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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