feedback

noun
feed·back | \ˈfēd-ˌbak \

Definition of feedback 

1a : the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the original or controlling source also : the information so transmitted

b : the partial reversion (see reversion sense 3a) of the effects of a process to its source or to a preceding stage

2 : the return to the input of a part of the output of a machine, system, or process (as for producing changes in an electronic circuit that improve performance or in an automatic control device that provide self-corrective action)

3 : a rumbling, whining, or whistling sound resulting from an amplified or broadcast signal (such as music or speech) that has been returned as input and retransmitted

Examples of feedback in a Sentence

The company uses customer feedback to improve its products. He asked for some feedback from his boss. The computer makes adjustments based on feedback from the sensors. We were getting some feedback from the microphone.
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And, to stay on top of customer wants, Brandless relies on feedback via its social channels to fuel its product planning. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "The Business of Feeling Good," 11 July 2018 Musk and his team have been in touch with officials in Thailand, a SpaceX spokesperson confirmed, and Musk tweeted Sunday that the sub’s design is based on feedback from dive teams assisting with the rescue operation. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Elon Musk's rescue sub is on its way to Thailand," 9 July 2018 Nor have the backers of initiatives been getting much feedback from the public comments that can now be made on proposals in the early stages of the process. John Myers, latimes.com, "As major reform of California's initiative process nears its anniversary, the record is mixed," 24 June 2018 Palm Tran — which serves nearly 9 million riders a year — held individual meetings starting in April throughout the county to get customer feedback. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Tran planning on big changes for county's 9 million bus riders," 14 June 2018 Board members plan to meet on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to review any feedback from the Long Reach Community Association and vote on the plan. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Howard Zoning Board wants more input on Long Reach development plans," 15 May 2018 Those non-seniors who have yet to hire an agent will get feedback from teams and have 10 days after the event to either formally enter the draft or return to college. William Wilkerson, star-telegram, "This TCU player has been invited to NBA Draft Combine | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 May 2018 Visits to schools like McCall gives Google the chance to test out its lessons, observe students using the programs and get feedback from teachers, Jeffers said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "'It makes it come alive': Lake County students explore solar system, human body with augmented reality," 25 Apr. 2018 Share ideas and feedback with others, observe, and get critique of your writing. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of feedback

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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feedback

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feedback

: helpful information or criticism that is given to someone to say what can be done to improve a performance, product, etc.

: something (such as information or electricity) that is returned to a machine, system, or process

: an annoying and unwanted sound caused by signals being returned to an electronic sound system

feedback

noun
feed·back | \ˈfēd-ˌbak \

Kids Definition of feedback

: helpful information or criticism given to someone to indicate what can be done to improve something

feedback

noun
feed·back | \ˈfēd-ˌbak \

Medical Definition of feedback 

1 : the return to the input of part of the output of a machine, system, or process (as for producing changes in an electronic circuit that improve performance or in an automatic control device that provide self-corrective action)

2a : the partial reversion of the effects of a process to its source or to a preceding stage

b : the return to a point of origin of evaluative or corrective information about an action or process patient feedback was solicited also : the information so transmitted

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