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LOOP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does loop mean? 

LOOP (noun)
  The noun LOOP has 10 senses:

1. fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
2. anything with a round or oval shape (formed by a curve that is closed and does not intersect itself)
3. (computer science) a single execution of a set of instructions that are to be repeated
4. an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)
5. the basic pattern of the human fingerprint
6. a computer program that performs a series of instructions repeatedly until some specified condition is satisfied
7. the topology of a network whose components are serially connected in such a way that the last component is connected to the first component
8. an intrauterine device in the shape of a loop
9. a complete electrical circuit around which current flows or a signal circulates
10. a flight maneuver; aircraft flies a complete circle in the vertical plane

  Familiarity information: LOOP used as a noun is familiar.


LOOP (verb)
  The verb LOOP has 5 senses:

1. move in loops
2. make a loop in
3. fly loops, perform a loop
4. wind around something in coils or loops
5. fasten or join with a loop

  Familiarity information: LOOP used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


LOOP (noun)


Sense 1loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

loop; grummet; grommet; cringle; eyelet

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

fastener; fastening; fixing; holdfast (restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place)


Sense 2loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anything with a round or oval shape (formed by a curve that is closed and does not intersect itself)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

Jordan curve; simple closed curve (a closed curve that does not intersect itself)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "loop"):

bight (a loop in a rope)

lobe (the enhanced response of an antenna in a given direction as indicated by a loop in its radiation pattern)

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)

drip loop (a downward hanging loop in a line that runs to a building)

belt (endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys)

band (a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else)


Sense 3loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

iteration; loop

Context example:

the solution took hundreds of iterations

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

physical process; process (a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)


Sense 4loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

he's no longer in the loop

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

camp; clique; coterie; ingroup; inner circle; pack (an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose)


Sense 5loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The basic pattern of the human fingerprint

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

fingerprint (biometric identification from a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used as evidence in criminal investigations)


Sense 6loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

computer program; computer programme; program; programme ((computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute)


Sense 7loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

loop topology; loop

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

network topology; topology (the configuration of a communication network)


Sense 8loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An intrauterine device in the shape of a loop

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

intrauterine device; IUD (contraceptive device consisting of a piece of bent plastic or metal that is inserted through the vagina into the uterus)


Sense 9loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

closed circuit; loop

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

circuit; electric circuit; electrical circuit (an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "loop"):

parallel circuit; shunt circuit (a closed circuit in which the current divides into two or more paths before recombining to complete the circuit)


Sense 10loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

loop-the-loop; loop

Hypernyms ("loop" is a kind of...):

airplane maneuver; flight maneuver (a maneuver executed by an aircraft)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "loop"):

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)


LOOP (verb)


Sense 1loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move in loops

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The bicycle looped around the tree

Hypernyms (to "loop" is one way to...):

circle; circulate (move in circles)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a loop in

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

loop; intertwine

Context example:

loop a rope

Hypernyms (to "loop" is one way to...):

entwine; knit (tie or link together)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "loop"):

crochet; hook (make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle)

noose (make a noose in or of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fly loops, perform a loop

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

the stunt pilot looped his plane

Hypernyms (to "loop" is one way to...):

circle; circulate (move in circles)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wind around something in coils or loops

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

curl; coil; loop

Hypernyms (to "loop" is one way to...):

roll; twine; wind; wrap (wrap or coil around)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence examples:

They loop the wire around the stick
The wires loop around the stick


Sense 5loop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fasten or join with a loop

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

He looped the watch through his belt

Hypernyms (to "loop" is one way to...):

bind; tie (fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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