loop

noun (1)
\ ˈlüp How to pronounce loop (audio) \

Definition of loop

 (Entry 1 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
4a : 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
6 : 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
for a loop
: into a state of amazement, confusion, or distress the news threw us for a loop

loop

verb
looped; looping; loops

Definition of loop (Entry 2 of 3)

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

1a : 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

noun (2)

Definition of loop (Entry 3 of 3)

archaic

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.
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First Known Use of loop

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

History and Etymology for loop

Noun (1)

Middle English loupe, of unknown origin

Noun (2)

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

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

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loop

verb

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

loop

noun
\ ˈlüp How to pronounce loop (audio) \

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.

loop

verb
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.

loop

noun
\ ˈlüp How to pronounce loop (audio) \

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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