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noun \ˈlüp\

Definition of loop


  1. :  loophole 1a

Origin of loop

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

First Known Use: 14th century




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 of loop

Middle English loupe, of unknown origin

First Known Use: 14th century




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

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

  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.


First Known Use of loop


Medical Dictionary


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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February 8, 2016

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