loop

A loop is a roundish, coiled shape, like the shape a piece of string or rope makes when it crosses itself. To start knitting, you need to put a loop of yarn on the end of one of your needles.

Loops are ovals or circles and are often made from rope or other fibers, like the loop at the end of a cowboy's lasso. The verb loop means to form the shape of a loop in the sky; or to make a loop from string or some other material. If something "throws you for a loop," it catches you by surprise, and if you're "in the loop," you have access to information that others might not have.

Primary Meanings of loop

1.
nv
anything with a round or oval shape (formed by a curve that is closed and does not intersect itself)
move in loops
2.
nv
fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
fasten or join with a loop
3.
n
a computer program that performs a series of instructions repeatedly until some specified condition is satisfied
4.
n
the basic pattern of the human fingerprint
5.
n
an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)
6.
n
the topology of a network whose components are serially connected in such a way that the last component is connected to the first component
Full Definitions of loop
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n anything with a round or oval shape (formed by a curve that is closed and does not intersect itself)

Types:
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band
a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else, typically to hold it together or as a decoration
belt
endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys
drip loop
a downward hanging loop in a line that runs to a building
noose, running noose, slip noose
a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled
lobe
the enhanced response of an antenna in a given direction as indicated by a loop in its radiation pattern
bight
a loop in a rope
band
a driving belt in machinery
clench, clinch
a small slip noose made with seizing
conveyer, conveyer belt, conveyor, conveyor belt, transporter
a moving belt that transports objects (as in a factory)
driving belt
a belt that carries motion from a motor to the machinery
fan belt
a belt driven by the crankshaft that drives a fan that pulls air through the radiator
caterpillar track, caterpillar tread, track
an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground
major lobe
the maximum lobe in the radiation pattern which is intended to be along the forward axis and which gives the effect of a beam
Type of:
Jordan curve, simple closed curve
a closed curve that does not intersect itself

n an intrauterine device in the shape of a loop

Type of:
IUD, intrauterine device
contraceptive device consisting of a piece of bent plastic or metal that is inserted through the vagina into the uterus

n a flight maneuver; aircraft flies a complete circle in the vertical plane

Synonyms:
loop-the-loop
Types:
inside loop
a loop consisting of a climb followed by inverted flight followed by a dive that returns to horizontal flight
outside loop
a loop consisting of a dive followed by inverted flight followed by a climb that returns to horizontal flight
Type of:
airplane maneuver, flight maneuver
a maneuver executed by an aircraft

v move in loops

“The bicycle looped around the tree”
Type of:
circle, circulate
move in circles

v fly loops, perform a loop

“the stunt pilot looped his plane”
Type of:
circle, circulate
move in circles

v make a loop in

loop a rope”
Synonyms:
intertwine
Types:
crochet, hook
make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle
noose
make a noose in or of
Type of:
entwine, knit
tie or link together

v wind around something in coils or loops

Synonyms:
coil, curl
Antonyms:
uncoil
unwind or untwist
Type of:
roll, twine, wind, wrap
arrange or or coil around
2

n fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines

Synonyms:
cringle, eyelet, grommet, grummet
Type of:
fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

v fasten or join with a loop

“He looped the watch through his belt”
Type of:
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
3

n a computer program that performs a series of instructions repeatedly until some specified condition is satisfied

Type of:
computer program, computer programme, program, programme
(computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute

n (computer science) a single execution of a set of instructions that are to be repeated

Synonyms:
iteration
Type of:
physical process, process
a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
4

n the basic pattern of the human fingerprint

Type of:
fingerprint
a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations
5

n an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)

“he's no longer in the loop
Type of:
camp, clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
6

n the topology of a network whose components are serially connected in such a way that the last component is connected to the first component

Synonyms:
loop topology
Type of:
network topology, topology
the configuration of a communication network

n a complete electrical circuit around which current flows or a signal circulates

Synonyms:
closed circuit
Antonyms:
open circuit
an incomplete electrical circuit in which no current flows
Types:
parallel circuit, shunt circuit
a closed circuit in which the current divides into two or more paths before recombining to complete the circuit
Type of:
circuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit
an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow

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