1 noun (C)
1 SHAPE OR LINE a shape like a curve or a circle made by a line curving back towards itself: The road formed a loop around the peninsula.
2 TO FASTEN STH something that has this curved shape, especially when used as a handle or to hold something in place: a belt loop | The best bicycle locks are made of a loop of solid metal.
3 IN WOMAN'S BODY a curved metal or plastic object that is put inside a woman's uterus (=place where a baby develops) to prevent her from becoming pregnant
4 COMPUTER a set of commands in a computer program 1 (1) that are intended to be followed repeatedly
5 PLANE a pattern like a circle made by a plane flying upwards, backwards, and then downwards
6 FILM/TAPE a film or tape 1 (1a) loop contains images or sounds that are repeated again and again
7 RAILWAY a railway line that leaves the main track and then joins it again further on
8 in the loop/out of the loop AmE informal part of a group of people who make decisions about important subjects, or not part of this group: White House officials insist the Secretary of State is still in the loop.
9 knock/throw sb for a loop AmE informal to surprise and upset someone: Yeah, the news really knocked me for a loop.
2 verb
1 (transitive always + adv/prep) to fasten or join something with a loop: loop sth over/around/together etc: Loop the wire over the gate to keep it shut.
2 (I, T) to make a loop or make something into a loop: a rug with looped threads
3 (I) to move in a circular direction that forms the shape of a loop: little streams that loop through the valley
4 loop the loop to fly a plane in a loop

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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