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loop

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noun \ˈlüp\

Definition of loop

archaic

  1. :  loophole 1a



Origin and Etymology of loop

Middle English loupe; perhaps akin to Middle Dutch lupen to watch, peer


First Known Use: 14th century


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loop

noun

Definition of loop

  1. 1 a :  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 or into which a hook may be hooked b :  such a fold of cord or ribbon serving as an ornament

  2. 2 a :  something shaped like or suggestive of a loop b :  a circular airplane maneuver executed in the vertical plane

  3. 3 :  a ring or curved piece used to form a fastening, handle, or catch

  4. 4 :  a closed electric circuit

  5. 5 a :  a piece of film or magnetic tape whose ends are spliced together so as to project or play back the same material continuously b :  a continuously repeated segment of music, dialogue, or images <a drum loop>

  6. 6 :  a series of instructions (as for a computer) that is repeated until a terminating condition is reached

  7. 7 :  a sports league

  8. 8 :  a select well-informed inner circle that is influential in decision making <out of the policy loop>

for a loop

  1. :  into a state of amazement, confusion, or distress <the news threw us for a loop>



Origin and Etymology of loop

Middle English loupe, of unknown origin


First Known Use: 14th century


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loop

verb

Simple Definition of loop

  • : to form or cause (something) to form a loop

  • : to move or cause (something) to move in a high curving path

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of loop

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make or form a loop

  3. 2 :  to execute a loop in an airplane

  4. 3 :  to move in loops or in an arc

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to make a loop in, on, or about b :  to fasten with a loop

  7. 2 :  to join (two courses of loops) in knitting

  8. 3 :  to connect (electric conductors) so as to complete a loop

  9. 4 :  to cause to move in an arc

Examples of loop in a sentence

  1. The road loops around the pond.

  2. The necklace is long enough to loop twice around my neck.

  3. She looped a string around her finger.

  4. He sat with his arms looped around his knees.

  5. The ball looped over the shortstop's head into left field for a single.

  6. The batter hit a looping single to left field.

  7. The batter looped a single to left field.

  8. The quarterback looped a pass downfield.



1832

First Known Use of loop

1832



LOOP Defined for Kids

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loop

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noun \ˈlüp\

Definition of loop for Students

  1. 1 :  an almost oval form produced when something flexible and thin (as a wire or a rope) crosses over itself

  2. 2 :  something (as a figure or bend) suggesting a flexible loop <Her letters have large loops.>




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loop

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verb

Definition of loop for Students

looped

looping

  1. 1 :  to make a circle or loop in <Loop your shoelace.>

  2. 2 :  to form a circle or loop <The road loops around the park.>




Medical Dictionary

loop

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noun \ˈlüp\

Medical Definition of loop

  1. 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

  2. 2a:  something (as an anatomical part) shaped like a loop—see loop of henle; lippes loopb:  a surgical electrode in the form of a loop

  3. 3:  a fingerprint in which some of the papillary ridges make a single backward turn without any twist

  4. 4:  a wire usually of platinum bent at one end into a small loop (usually four millimeters in inside diameter) and used in transferring microorganisms



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