the process of returning part of the output of a circuit, system, or device to the input, either to oppose the input (negative feedback ) or to aid the input (positive feedback ).
the furnishing of data concerning the operation or output of a machine to an automatic control device or to the machine itself, so that subsequent or ongoing operations of the machine can be altered or corrected.
a reaction or response to a particular process or activity: He got very little feedback from his speech.
evaluative information derived from such a reaction or response: to study the feedback from an audience survey.
Psychology. knowledge of the results of any behavior, considered as influencing or modifying further performance.: Compare biofeedback.
Biology. a self-regulatory biological system, as in the synthesis of some hormones, in which the output or response affects the input, either positively or negatively.
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How to use feedback in a sentence
After the beta received positive feedback, the pair expanded to a full-scale operation.Canix aims to ease cannabis cultivators’ regulatory bookkeeping | Matt Burns | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
And, at the moment, there seems to be no surefire way for Google to transform these signals into rankings, except to read the feedback of their quality raters before each algorithm update.Google ranking factors to change search in 2021: Core Web Vitals, E-A-T, or AMP? | Aleh Barysevich | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
This will require you to ask visitors for feedback, experiment with different messaging options, and regularly review your analytics, among other things.How to drive digital innovation necessary during the pandemic | Nick Chasinov | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
The tax base declines and the school system and civic services falter, creating a negative feedback loop that pushes more people to leave.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
She said she’ll do that in part by making the community panels diverse and representative of the Oceanside community and listening to their feedback.Oceanside Is Rethinking Its Police Chief Hiring Process Following Community Concerns | Kayla Jimenez | September 14, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
There was a lot of positive feedback from people interested in non-gender binary people.
Have you ever heard any feedback from the CIA/actual spies on Archer?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But then I thought about the feedback I get from fans, yes we do listen to you, and thought why not?Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex | Aurora Snow | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He says he has yet to experience any negative feedback from the galaxy of Whovians.Doctor Who: It’s Time For a Black, Asian, or Woman Doctor | Nico Hines | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At the beginning there is a rumbling sound that seems to be feedback.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs | Allen Barra | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then all they'll do is buzz and sputter until the feedback is broken with the key.Meeting of the Board | Alan Edward Nourse
Before we leave, we throw the machines into feedback, every one of them.Meeting of the Board | Alan Edward Nourse
The trouble with the Ditmars-Horst reactor was that it lacked any automatic negative-feedback system.The Bramble Bush | Gordon Randall Garrett
"Just a little feedback in the right place—" murmured Paul absently.Human Error | Raymond F. Jones
These feedback pulses we've isolated are nothing but stabs of pure emotion.Human Error | Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for feedback
the return of part of the output of an electronic circuit, device, or mechanical system to its input, so modifying its characteristics. In negative feedback a rise in output energy reduces the input energy; in positive feedback an increase in output energy reinforces the input energy
that part of the output signal fed back into the input
the return of part of the sound output by a loudspeaker to the microphone or pick-up so that a high-pitched whistle is produced
the whistling noise so produced
the effect of the product of a biological pathway on the rate of an earlier step in that pathway
the substance or reaction causing such an effect, such as the release of a hormone in a biochemical pathway
information in response to an inquiry, experiment, etc: there was little feedback from our questionnaire
(tr) to return (part of the output of a system) to its input
to offer or suggest (information, ideas, etc) in reaction to an inquiry, experiment, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for feedback
The supply of an input to some process or system as a function of its output. See more at negative feedback positive feedback.
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Cultural definitions for feedback
A process in which a system regulates itself by monitoring its own output. That is, it “feeds back” part of its output to itself. Feedback is used to control machines; a heating system, for example, uses a thermostat to monitor and adjust its output. Feedback is also used by the human brain to control various muscles and joints.
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