Meaning of LOOP in English

I. ˈlüp noun

Etymology: Middle English loupe; perhaps akin to Middle Dutch lupen to watch, peer

Date: 14th century

archaic : loophole 1a

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English loupe, of unknown origin

Date: 14th century


a. : a curving or doubling of a line so as to form a closed or partly open curve within itself through which another line can be passed or into which a hook may be hooked

b. : such a fold of cord or ribbon serving as an ornament


a. : something shaped like or suggestive of a loop

b. : a circular airplane maneuver executed in the vertical plane

3. : a ring or curved piece used to form a fastening, handle, or catch

4. : a closed electric circuit


a. : a piece of film or magnetic tape whose ends are spliced together so as to project or play back the same material continuously

b. : a continuously repeated segment of music, dialogue, or images

a drum loop

6. : a series of instructions (as for a computer) that is repeated until a terminating condition is reached

7. : a sports league

8. : a select well-informed inner circle that is influential in decision making

out of the policy loop

- for a loop

III. verb

Date: 1832

intransitive verb

1. : to make or form a loop

2. : to execute a loop in an airplane

3. : to move in loops or in an arc

transitive verb


a. : to make a loop in, on, or about

b. : to fasten with a loop

2. : to join (two courses of loops) in knitting

3. : to connect (electric conductors) so as to complete a loop

4. : to cause to move in an arc

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.