loop

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English loupe (noose, loop), earlier lowp-knot (loop-knot), of North Germanic origin, ultimately from Old Norse hlaup (a run", literally, "a leap), used in the sense of a "running knot". Compare Swedish löp-knut (loop-knot), Danish løb-knude (a running knot), Danish løb (a course). More at leap.

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Noun[edit]

loop (plural loops)

  1. A length of thread, line or rope that is doubled over to make an opening.
  2. The opening so formed.
  3. A shape produced by a curve that bends around and crosses itself.
    Arches, loops, and whorls are patterns found in fingerprints.
  4. A ring road or beltway.
  5. An endless strip of tape or film allowing continuous repetition.
  6. A complete circuit for an electric current.
  7. (computing) A programmed sequence of instructions that is repeated until or while a particular condition is satisfied.
  8. (graph theory) An edge that begins and ends on the same vertex.
  9. (topology) A path that starts and ends at the same point.
  10. (algebra) A quasigroup with an identity element.
  11. A loop-shaped intrauterine device.
  12. An aerobatic maneuver in which an aircraft flies a circular path in a vertical plane.
  13. A small, narrow opening; a loophole.
    • Shakespeare
      And stop all sight-holes, every loop from whence / The eye of Reason may pry in upon us.
  14. Alternative form of loup (mass of iron).

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Verb[edit]

loop (third-person singular simple present loops, present participle looping, simple past and past participle looped)

  1. (transitive) To form something into a loop.
  2. (transitive) To fasten or encircle something with a loop.
  3. (transitive) To fly an aircraft in a loop.
  4. (transitive) To move something in a loop.
  5. (transitive) To join electrical components to complete a circuit.
  6. (intransitive) To form a loop.
  7. (intransitive) To move in a loop.
    The program loops until the user presses a key.
    • 2011 February 4, Gareth Roberts, “Wales 19-26 England”, BBC:
      The outstanding Tom Palmer won a line-out and then charged into the heart of the Welsh defence, scrum-half Ben Youngs moved the ball swiftly right and Cueto's looping pass saw Ashton benefit from a huge overlap to again run in untouched.

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Noun[edit]

loop (plural lope, diminutive lopie)

  1. walking, gait
  2. (of events) course
  3. (of guns) barrel
  4. (informal) business end (of a rifle, etc.)
  5. (music, usually in diminutive) run: a rapid passage in music, especially along a scale

Verb[edit]

loop (present loop, present participle lopende, past participle geloop)

  1. to walk

Dutch[edit]

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Noun[edit]

loop m (plural lopen, diminutive loopje n)

  1. course, duration
  2. a river course
  3. course of a projectile
  4. bore (of a firearm)

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Verb[edit]

loop

  1. first-person singular present indicative of lopen
  2. imperative of lopen

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Noun[edit]

loop m (plural loops)

  1. (computing) loop (repeating sequence of instructions)
  2. loop (aircraft manoeuvre)

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