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LOOM, v.1, n.1 Also loum; ΒΆloam. [lu:m]

I. v. As in Eng.: to appear indistinctly as out of a haze or shadow. Vbl.n. loumen, a blurred appearance or outline; loomin, twilight (Ork. 1929 Marw.). Abd. 1831 Aberdeen Mag. (Dec.) 641:
Out on the trackless sea, wi' a'thing mirk and unkent about us, nae a loumen o' moon nor starn was to be seen in the hale wilkin.
Bnff. 1844 T. Anderson Poems 62:
Whan pearly dew draps deck the lea, An' night's dark shades are loamin' Sae calm that day.
Gsw. 1862 J. Gardner Jottiana 32:
An' enterin', I looked ben the room An' saw some women on me loom.

II. n. The indistinct appearance of anything seen through a haze or at a great distance, a haze or fog (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 325; Uls. 1953 Traynor; Sh., Ags., Per., Ayr., Kcb., Uls. 1961). Kcb. 1899 Crockett Anna Mark xxvii.:
Far away to the right the loom of the land through the midday heat.

Hence loomy, hazy, misty. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 333:
Whiles glowring at the azure sky And loomy ocean's ure.

[The word is derived from nautical Eng.]

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