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Definition of loop noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 a shape like a curve or circle made by a line curving all the way around and crossing itself The road went in a huge loop around the lake. Duclair is a small town on a loop of the River Seine.
  2. 2a piece of rope, wire, etc. in the shape of a curve or circle He tied a loop of rope around his arm. Make a loop in the string. a belt loop (= on pants, etc. for holding a belt in place)
  3. 3a strip of film or tape on which the pictures and sound are repeated continuously The film is on a loop. (figurative) His mind kept turning in an endless loop.
  4. 4(computing) a set of instructions that is repeated again and again until a particular condition is satisfied
  5. 5 a complete circuit for electrical current
  6. 6 the Loop (informal) the business center of the city of Chicago
  7. Idioms
    in the loop, out of the loop (informal)
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    part of a group of people that is dealing with something important; not part of this group A lot of people want to be in the loop on this operation. Lawton had gradually been cut out of the loop on legal reviews.
    knock/throw somebody for a loop (informal)
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    to shock or surprise someone The result of the election knocked most people for a loop.
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