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  1. present participle of loom

Extensive Definition

Looming is a term found in the study of Perception, as it relates directly to Psychology.
Looming refers to the rapid expansion in the size of any given object, so that its image becomes increasingly large on the perceiver's retina. In other words, when an object looms, there is an automatic physiological response to perceive the object as an approaching stimulus, instead of a stimulus that is stationary or recessing.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

about to be, already in sight, approaching, at hand, brewing, close, close at hand, coming, fata morgana, forthcoming, future, gathering, going to happen, immediate, imminent, impendent, impending, in danger imminent, in prospect, in reserve, in store, in the cards, in the offing, in the wind, in view, instant, lowering, lurking, menacing, mirage, near, near at hand, nearing, on the horizon, overhanging, preparing, that will be, threatening, to come, upcoming, waiting
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