loop

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noun (1)

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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
a
: something shaped like or suggestive of a loop
b
: a circular airplane maneuver executed in the vertical plane
3
: a ring or curved piece used to form a fastening, handle, or catch
4
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
5
: a series of instructions (as for a computer) that is repeated until a terminating condition is reached
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: a select well-informed inner circle that is influential in decision making
out of the policy loop
7
: a closed electric circuit
8
: a sports league

loop

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verb

looped; looping; loops

intransitive verb

1
: to make or form a loop
2
: to move in loops or in an arc
3
: to execute a loop in an airplane

transitive verb

1
a
: to make a loop in, on, or about
b
: to fasten with a loop
2
: to cause to move in an arc
3
: to join (two courses of loops) in knitting
4
: to connect (electric conductors) so as to complete a loop

loop

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noun (2)

archaic
Phrases
for a loop
: into a state of amazement, confusion, or distress
the news threw us for a loop

Examples of loop in a Sentence

Verb The road loops around the pond. The necklace is long enough to loop twice around my neck. She looped a string around her finger. He sat with his arms looped around his knees. The ball looped over the shortstop's head into left field for a single. The batter hit a looping single to left field. The batter looped a single to left field. The quarterback looped a pass downfield.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Jackson County voters rejected a 40-year sales tax that would have helped pay for construction of a Royals ballpark immediately south of the downtown freeway loop in the East Crossroads and a major renovation of Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 3 Apr. 2024 The corona will likely appear brighter and fuller, and there may be a chance to spot flaring loops of solar activity resembling streamers within the corona during the eclipse. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 Life on hold The past year has seen a continuous loop of closed-court hearings in which judges have extended Gershkovich's pretrial detention time and again. Charles Maynes, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 People hadn't even been up in planes, and there was this woman doing loops in the air. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Mar. 2024 This loop is popular for spotting alligators and turtles from a safe distance. Jp Shaffer, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 Image ● Valladolid Image Traveling the Tren Maya loop counterclockwise, starting and ending in Cancún in the northeast, Pillsbury first came to Valladolid, a bustling colonial city. Matthew Pillsbury Nicholas Casey, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024 Getting a nose piercing isn't Kacey Musgraves' only action that's thrown her grandmother for a loop. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 Hell's Point Challenge at Pokagon State Park This 8-mile loop trail connects many of the park’s trails and takes hikers to Hell’s Point, the park’s highest peak. The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2024
Verb
Kayak along Salt Run, the estuarine tidal marsh, or hike the Ancient Dunes Nature Trail, which loops through a maritime hammock and four miles of beach. Jp Shaffer, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 The content, looped again and again online, is highly effective, particularly in creating the perception of the threat of violence, said Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a political science professor at George Mason University who has studied social media’s impact on immigration. Ken Bensinger Federico Rios, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Many of the trio’s songs have gone viral on TikTok, the app of choice for a post-internet generation accustomed to a world where seconds-long videos can loop forever. Hattie Lindert, Rolling Stone, 14 Mar. 2024 Ivan, whose last name is being withheld, valued being able to start the process discreetly, without looping in his parents – although in the end his mother accompanied him to formally present the request. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2024 The Montréal defense could only watch in horror as Acosta’s effort – intended as a pass – swerved in the air and looped over goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois to give Chicago the unlikeliest of wins in the 90+9th minute. Sam Joseph, CNN, 17 Mar. 2024 Balser set off from Cleveland, Ohio, making his way through western Pennsylvania, upstate New York, down the East Coast, looping around in Florida and then a relatively straight shot through the vast American Southwest. Marcus Reichley, The Arizona Republic, 16 Mar. 2024 Rapid 227 enters city limits through Imperial Beach Boulevard, then runs north on Third Street and loops back to the boulevard via Palm Avenue and Seacoast Drive. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2024 The network rebroadcast the images of Sherman being trampled, looping the scene like a sports replay. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English loupe, of unknown origin

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1832, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loop was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Loop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loop. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

loop

1 of 2 noun
1
: a fold or doubling of a line through which another line can be passed or into which a hook may be hooked
2
: a loop-shaped ornament, figure, bend, course, or device
a loop in a river
3
: a circular airplane maneuver involving flying upside down
4
: a complete electric circuit
5
: a piece of motion-picture film or magnetic tape whose ends are joined together to project or play back the same things continuously
6
: a series of instructions (as for a computer) that is repeated usually until a requirement for ending is met

loop

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make or form a loop
2
a
: to make a loop in, on, or about
b
: to fasten with a loop
3
: to perform a loop in an airplane

Medical Definition

loop

noun
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
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 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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