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open loop

noun, Engineering.
1.
a control system in which an input alters the output, but the output has no feedback loop and therefore no effect on the input.
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  • Hooking the other end of the rope over its head with an open loop, he grasped the line and started to walk down the gorge bottom.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

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