Definitions for: Loop

[n] a flight maneuver; aircraft flies a complete circle in the vertical plane
[n] a complete electrical circuit around which current flows or a signal circulates
[n] fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
[n] an intrauterine device in the shape of a loop
[n] a computer program that performs a series of instructions repeatedly until some specified condition is satisfied
[n] the basic pattern of the human fingerprint
[n] an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan); "he's no longer in the loop"
[n] (computer science) a single execution of a set of instructions that are to be repeated; "the solution took hundreds of iterations"
[n] anything with a round or oval shape (formed by a line or cord etc.) that is closed or nearly closed
[v] fasten with a loop
[v] wind around something in coils or loops
[v] make a loop in, as of rope or string
[v] fly loops, perform a loop, as of an airplane
[v] move in loops

Webster (1913) Definition: Loop, n. [G. luppe an iron lump. Cf. Looping.] (Iron
A mass of iron in a pasty condition gathered into a ball for
the tilt hammer or rolls. [Written also loup.]

Loop, n. [Cf. Ir. & Gael. lub loop, noose, fold, thong,
bend, lub to bend, incline.]
1. A fold or doubling of a thread, cord, rope, etc., through
which another thread, cord, etc., can be passed, or which
a hook can be hooked into; an eye, as of metal; a staple;
a noose; a bight.

That the probation bear no hinge, nor loop To hang a
doubt on. --Shak.

2. A small, narrow opening; a loophole.

And stop all sight-holes, every loop from whence The
eye of Reason may pry in upon us. --Shak.

3. A curve of any kind in the form of a loop.

4. (Telegraphy) A wire forming part of a main circuit and
returning to the point from which it starts.

5. (Acoustics) The portion of a vibrating string, air column,
etc., between two nodes; -- called also ventral segment.

Loop knot, a single knot tied in a doubled cord, etc. so as
to leave a loop beyond the knot. See Illust. of Knot.

Loop, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Looped; p. pr. & vb. n.
To make a loop of or in; to fasten with a loop or loops; --
often with up; as, to loop a string; to loop up a curtain.

Synonyms: closed circuit, coil, cringle, curl, eyelet, grommet, grummet, intertwine, iteration, loop-the-loop

Antonyms: open circuit, uncoil

See Also: airplane maneuver, belt, bight, bind, camp, circle, circuit, circulate, clique, computer program, computer programme, coterie, crochet, electric circuit, electrical circuit, entwine, fastener, fastening, fingerprint, fixing, flight maneuver, holdfast, hook, ingroup, inner circle, inside loop, intrauterine device, IUD, knit, lobe, noose, noose, outside loop, pack, parallel circuit, process, program, programme, roll, round shape, running noose, shunt circuit, slip noose, tie, twine, wind, wrap

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