loop

1
[loop]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Idioms

    in/out of the loop, included in or excluded from a group of people who receive the latest information about something: She’s often out of the loop on policy decisions.
    throw/knock for a loop, to astonish or upset: Her quitting the project really threw me for a loop.

Origin of loop

1
1350–1400; Middle English loupe loop of cloth, perhaps < Scots Gaelic lub loop, bend
Can be confusedloop loupe

loop

2
[loop]

noun Archaic.

a small or narrow opening, as in a wall; loophole.

Origin of loop

2
1300–50; Middle English loupe window; compare Middle Dutch lūpen peep, peer

loop

3
[loop]

noun Metalworking.

a hot bloom of pasty consistency, to be worked under a hammer or in rolls.

Origin of loop

3
1665–75; < French loupe, special use of loupe wen, knob, gnarl ≪ Germanic. See loupe
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Examples from the Web for loop

Contemporary Examples of loop

Historical Examples of loop

  • At one end there was a thong with a loop in it, and it smelled of tiger.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • I can see him yet, scowling at me and whirling the loop over his head ready to throw.

  • This he moulded into a loop, and mounted inside a pear-shaped bulb of glass.

  • Dropping the weapon from his hand it still dangled by the loop.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • A loop in the butt of the bull whip was about the young man's wrist.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for loop

loop

1

noun

the round or oval shape formed by a line, string, etc, that curves around to cross itself
any round or oval-shaped thing that is closed or nearly closed
a piece of material, such as string, curved round and fastened to form a ring or handle for carrying by
an intrauterine contraceptive device in the shape of a loop
electronics
  1. a closed electric or magnetic circuit through which a signal can circulate
  2. short for loop aerial
a flight manoeuvre in which an aircraft flies one complete circle in the vertical plane
Also called: loop line mainly British a railway branch line which leaves the main line and rejoins it after a short distance
maths physics a closed curve on a graphhysteresis loop
another name for antinode
anatomy
  1. the most common basic pattern of the human fingerprint, formed by several sharply rising U-shaped ridgesCompare arch 1 (def. 4b), whorl (def. 3)
  2. a bend in a tubular structure, such as the U-shaped curve in a kidney tubule (Henle's loop or loop of Henle)
computing a series of instructions in a program, performed repeatedly until some specified condition is satisfied
skating a jump in which the skater takes off from a back outside edge, makes one, two, or three turns in the air, and lands on the same back outside edge
a group of people to whom information is circulated (esp in the phrases in or out of the loop)

verb

(tr) to make a loop in or of (a line, string, etc)
(tr) to fasten or encircle with a loop or something like a loop
Also: loop the loop to cause (an aircraft) to perform a loop or (of an aircraft) to perform a loop
(intr) to move in loops or in a path like a loop

Word Origin for loop

C14: loupe, origin unknown

loop

2

noun

an archaic word for loophole

Word Origin for loop

C14: perhaps related to Middle Dutch lupen to watch, peer
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Word Origin and History for loop
n.

late 14c., "loop of cloth, rope, leather, etc.," probably of Celtic origin (cf. Gaelic lub "bend," Irish lubiam), influenced by or blended with Old Norse hlaup "a leap, run" (see leap (v.)). In reference to magnetic recording tape or film, first recorded 1931. Computer programming sense first attested 1947.

v.

"to form a loop," c.1400, "draw (a leash through a ring)," from loop (n.). Related: Looped; looping. Slang looped "drunk" is from 1934. Loop the loop (1900) originally was in reference to roller-coasters at amusement parks.

"Loop-the-Loop" is the name of a new entertainment which goes further in the way of tempting Providence than anything yet invented. The "Loop" is an immense circle of track in the air. A car on a mimic railway shoots down a very steep incline, and is impelled around the inner side of this loop. ... The authorities at Coney Island are said to have prohibited "looping-the-loop" because women break their corset strings in their efforts to catch their breath as they sweep down the incline, and moreover, a young man is reported to have ruptured a blood vessel in his liver. ["Philadelphia Medical Journal," Aug. 10, 1901]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

loop in Medicine

loop

[lōōp]

n.

A curve or bend in a cord or other cylindrical body, forming an oval or circular ring.
A type of loop-shaped intrauterine device.
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Idioms and Phrases with loop

loop

see in the loop; knock for a loop.

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