loom

Loom (l) The reflection on the clouds of a light which is too distant to

be seen directly because it is below the horizon. Occasionally the loom of a

distant light is clear enough to reveal its characteristic, and so offers a

useful navigational aid. Also the hazy appearance of land through mist

Loom (2) That part

of an oar’s shaft which the oarsman grips – the opposite end to the Blade.