noun (1)
\ ˈlüp \

Definition of loop

 (Entry 1 of 3)



noun (2)

Definition of loop (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : 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 closed electric circuit
5a : 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 : a series of instructions (as for a computer) that is repeated until a terminating condition is reached
7 : a sports league
8 : a select well-informed inner circle that is influential in decision making out of the policy loop
for a loop
: into a state of amazement, confusion, or distress the news threw us for a loop


looped; looping; loops

Definition of loop (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

Examples of loop in a Sentence


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.
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First Known Use of loop

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

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


1832, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loop

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Middle English loupe, of unknown origin

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English Language Learners Definition of loop

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


\ ˈlüp \

Kids Definition of loop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an almost oval form produced when something flexible and thin (as a wire or a rope) crosses over itself
2 : something (as a figure or bend) suggesting a flexible loop Her letters have large loops.


looped; looping

Kids Definition of loop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a circle or loop in Loop your shoelace.
2 : to form a circle or loop The road loops around the park.


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Medical Definition of loop

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
2a : 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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