ASHLEY EKSTRUM: LOOP
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of uncertain origin. As a feature of a fingerprint, 1880. In reference to magnetic recording tape or film, first recorded 1931.
Sense of "form into a loop or loops" (transitive) is from 1832; transitive meaning "form (something) into loops" is from 1856. Related: Looped (1934 in the slang sense "drunk"); looping. Loop the loop (1900) originally was in reference to roller-coasters at amusement parks.