loop meaning

[ lu:p ] Pronunciation:   "loop" in a sentence
  • Verb: loop  loop
    1. Move in loops
      "The bicycle looped around the tree" 
    2. Make a loop in
      "loop a rope"
      - intertwine 
    3. Fly loops, perform a loop
      "the stunt pilot looped his plane" 
    4. Wind around something in coils or loops
      - coil, curl 
    5. Fasten or join with a loop
      "He looped the watch through his belt"
    Noun: loop  loop
    1. Fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
      - cringle, eyelet, grommet, grummet 
    2. Anything with a round or oval shape (formed by a curve that is closed and does not intersect itself) 
    3. (computer science) a single execution of a set of instructions that are to be repeated
      - iteration 
    4. An inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)
      "he's no longer in the loop" 
    5. The basic pattern of the human fingerprint 
    6. A computer program that performs a series of instructions repeatedly until some specified condition is satisfied 
    7. The topology of a network whose components are serially connected in such a way that the last component is connected to the first component
      - loop topology 
    8. An intrauterine device in the shape of a loop 
    9. A complete electrical circuit around which current flows or a signal circulates
      - closed circuit 
    10. A flight manoeuvre; aircraft flies a complete circle in the vertical plane
      - loop-the-loop

    Sounds like: loupe

    Derived forms: looping, looped, loops

    See also: loopy

    Type of: aeroplane manoeuvre [Brit], airplane maneuver [US], airplane manoeuvre [Cdn], bind, camp, circle, circuit, circulate, clique, computer program, computer programme [Brit], coterie, electric circuit, electrical circuit, entwine, fastener, fastening, fingerprint, fixing, flight maneuver [US], flight manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], holdfast, ingroup, inner circle, intrauterine device, IUD, Jordan curve, knit, network topology, pack, physical process, process, program, programme [Brit, Cdn], roll, simple closed curve, tie, topology, twine, wind, wrap

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  • [Architecture]

    A loophole.


    A circuit vent.

  • [Business]

    (IT )

    a set of instructions that is repeated again and again until a particular set of conditions is satisfied


    in the loop (informal)

    part of a group of people who know what is happening and are dealing with important matters:

    Do you feel you're in the loop at work?

    He talks to clients several times a week to informally keep them in the loop.

    out of the loop (informal)

    not informed about important matters and so unable to help make decisions about them:

    Board members claimed they were out of the loop.

  • [Electronics]
    1. An electrical circuit consisting of elements connected in series.
    2. In a standing-wave system, a maximum-response point (e.g., current loop and voltage loop). Compare NODE,
    2. 3. See LOOP ANTENNA.
    4. A signal path (e.g., feedback loop).
    5. A one- or two-turn coil for low-impedance coupling. Also see LINK,
    1. 6. In a computer program run, the repetitious execution of a series of instructions that terminates when some specified condition is satisfied by a relational test, at which point the next instruction in the main program is obeyed.

  • [Medicine]
    1 : a curving or doubling of a line so as to form a closed or partly open curve within itself through which another line can be passed
    a : something (as an anatomical part) shaped like a loop —see LOOP OF HENLE, LIPPES LOOP
    b : a surgical electrode in the form of a loop
    3 : a fingerprint in which some of the papillary ridges make a single backward turn without any twist
    4 : a wire usu. of platinum bent at one end into a small loop (usu. four millimeters in inside diameter) and used in transferring microorganisms


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  1. the negative pressure loop should be noted.
  2. the manager is in a kind of loop.
  3. the plane looped the loop three times.
  4. they do not regenerate through the control loop.
  5. the loop of wire was still around his right fist.

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