loop /lup/  noun

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    1 a . a curved part or shape made when something long and thin (such as a rope or thread) bends so that it touches or crosses over itself

    • a closed loop of rope
    • a wire with a loop at the end
    • loop of string/thread

    1 b . something that is shaped like a loop

    • They rowed along a loop in the river.
    • The road formed a loop around the pond.
    • letters formed with lots of loops

    1 c . a ring or curved piece used for holding something

    • a belt loop

    2 . an action in which an airplane flies in an upright circle perpendicular to the ground

    • The pilot did/performed a loop.

    3 . a piece of film or tape with the ends joined together so that the same pictures or sounds are repeated continuously; also : a recording that is repeated continuously

    • The computer-generated images are shown on a continuous loop.

    4. computers : a series of instructions that are repeated in a computer program until a specified condition is met

    5 .the loop : a group of people who know about or have influence or control over something — usually used in the phrases in the loop and out of the loop

    • She wants to stay in the loop as these changes are being considered.
    • He claims that he was kept out of the loop when the decision to sell the company was being made.