feedback

noun
feed·​back | \ ˈfēd-ˌbak How to pronounce feedback (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Various companies like bHaptics have been working on bringing this kind of sensory feedback to VR gaming through specialized suits, but building it into a chair seems much more practical, relatively speaking. Popular Science, "Razer’s concept gaming chair wraps players in a huge, curved screen," 12 Jan. 2021 Some of the feedback echoed what local teachers told Gambit in recent weeks, ranging from a lack of communication about outbreaks to schools not having enough personnel on campus to watch students because so many staff members are out quarantining. Kaylee Poche, NOLA.com, "Jefferson Parish teachers union wants in-person classes put in Covid detention," 19 Dec. 2020 Yurachek said an overwhelming amount of the feedback he's received from fans this fall has been positive. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, "Yurachek, Pittman sign up to go bowling," 18 Dec. 2020 Keighley said much of the feedback was affirmation for him and his team. Washington Post, "The Game Awards hosted Zoom calls with hundreds of fans. They were surprisingly orderly.," 10 Dec. 2020 Research shows similar kinds of feedback, noting sufferers say things like red meat, alcohol, and soda make symptoms worse. Alice Oglethorpe, Woman's Day, "6 Common Triggers for Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares," 7 Dec. 2020 There is regular teacher feedback on and grading of student work. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Elf on the Shelf shows up at school to see who is naughty or nice: Strong Points," 4 Dec. 2020 Was there a particular piece of feedback that had special significance for you? Katie Bain, Billboard, "Meet Deacon, The Son of Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon Who's Ready To Be an EDM Star," 30 Oct. 2020 There’s been feedback on the posts and a lot of sharing, said Syrris, who’s been with the unit since 1991. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, "Domestic violence statistics remain alarming even as strides are made, Elgin experts say," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of feedback

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of feedback was in 1919

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18 Jan 2021

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“Feedback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feedback. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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feedback

noun
How to pronounce feedback (audio)

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 How to pronounce feedback (audio) \

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 How to pronounce feedback (audio) \

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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