LOOM, n.

1. In composition, heir-loom, in law, is a personal chattel that by special custom descends to an heir with the inheritance, being such a thing as cannot be separated from the estate, without injury to it; such as jewels of the crown, charters, deeds, and the like.

2. A frame or machine of wood or other material, in which a weaver works threads into cloth.

Hector, when he sees Andromache overwhelmed with terror, sends her for consolation to the loom and the distaff.

3. A fowl of the size of a goose.

4. That part of an oar which is within board.

LOOM, v.i.

To appear above the surface either of sea or land, or to appear larger than the real dimensions and indistinctly; as a distant object, a ship at sea, or a mountain. The ship looms large, or the land looms high.