Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The return of a portion of the output of a process or system to the input, especially when used to maintain performance or to control a system or process.
  • noun The portion of the output so returned.
  • noun Sound created when a transducer, such as a microphone or the pickup of an electric guitar, picks up sound from a speaker connected to an amplifier and regenerates it back through the amplifier.
  • noun The return of information about the result of a process or activity; evaluative response.
  • noun The process by which a system, often biological or ecological, is modulated, controlled, or changed by the product, output, or response it produces.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input.
  • noun response to an inquiry or experiment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Critical assessment on information produced
  • noun cybernetics, systems The signal that is looped back to control a system within itself.
  • noun The high-pitched howling noise heard when there's a loop between a microphone and a speaker.
  • verb music To generate the high-frequency sound by allowing a speaker to cause vibration of the sound generator of a musical instrument connected by an amplifier to the speaker.
  • verb transitive To provide informational feedback to.
  • verb transitive To convey by means of specialized communications channel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun response to an inquiry or experiment
  • noun the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input in order to regulate its further output
  • verb submit (information) again to a program or automatic system
  • verb respond to a query or outcome

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

feed +‎ back

Examples

  • For the consumer, it's less important that armies of geeks get to play with data clouds and mashing data and getting to flog their widgets than it is to have working systems that really take serious feedback and deliver serious and useable information which simply * has* to start with * acknowledgement of feedback and digesting and mirroring of feedback*.

    A Request to CIO Kundra: Get Bureaucrats Involved in data.gov

  • Things that irritate me …. hard to reach anyone at customer service; rules governing feedback should be tightened up and enforced … too many people wait to get feedback from the buyer before giving feedback, and if the feedback is negative, retaliate with bad feedback.

    The Depth of eBay’s Problems 1: Disappointed Buyers - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • All systems appear to show evidence of what we label feedback.

    The G.O.D. Experiments

  • Let us know, your feedback is always important to us.

    Sound Off: Your comments 10/6/09

  • Log stats can give you numbers but the feedback is the human touch.

    How is Blogging Like Stand-up Comedy « Lorelle on WordPress

  • We are working on a new system for blog advertising and the feedback is always useful.

    Berkeley Bloggers Dinner, Jan 26 « Scripting News Annex

  • It's also something I haven't done before, but may be doing more often so the feedback is appreciated.

    November 22nd, 2006

  • Citizens control the media and the feedback is at the speed of thought.

    Condé past « BuzzMachine

  • Effective mentoring is about what he calls the "feedback sandwich": Genuinely acknowledge the student's investment of time and energy -- sometimes, that means simply the courage to show up -- offer alternatives, and then suggest getting other feedback.

    CNN.com

  • Effective mentoring is about what he calls the "feedback sandwich": Genuinely acknowledge the student's investment of time and energy -- sometimes, that means simply the courage to show up -- offer alternatives, and then suggest getting other feedback.

    CNN.com

Comments

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    the dinner you just made didn't satisfy me at all.

    Please try to use better tomatoes for your sauce.

    Best regards,

    Prolagus

    September 13, 2008

  • Health warning: do not stand between an Italian and ripe tomatoes.

    September 13, 2008

  • Since we can't list profiles, this will have to do. This way to the Feedback account.

    November 20, 2009

  • Is anybody else using the "feedback" tab on the left side of the new Wordnik Preview? It seems like I am the only one asking questions and pointing out problems, which is crazy, since I know many other people should have comments about the new interface.

    November 24, 2011

  • I might get more time later today--I've been traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday and I haven't had much of a chance to play with it yet.

    November 25, 2011

  • Hi Rolig! Only a few folks have access to the preview, which is the only place where you can see the "feedback" tab right now.

    November 25, 2011

  • Three things about the current state of the Wordnik tagging system that I wish were different:

    1. Some tags have dozens and dozens of entries. Currently, Wordnik only displays a certain number of words so tagged, but not all. See words tagged "convowel".

    2. One used to be able to remove a tag from a word they tagged previously. This is no longer the case, and mistakes cannot be corrected.

    3 Not all tags that are more than one word long display the list of words so tagged. See the tag "eight syllables" for an example. I have tagged over 140 words thusly and not a one is displayed when I click on the "eight syllables" tag I created.

    November 27, 2011

  • Oh, thank you hernesheir, those are all good points ... the eight syllables one is fixed in the new site, here's a sneak preview (http://cl.ly/343Z0J3g1T162H0k2Z3a)

    Although it's not showing all 140 words. I've put in a query about that.

    November 28, 2011

  • Once more, for the umpteenth time:

    Some tags in Wordie had comments. When are we getting those back? Will anybody bother telling me something about that, or should I just forget about it and shut up?

    November 28, 2011

  • I don't get this stupid shit about a verification code, so I can't leave my comment on the new official feedback wotzer.

    like so.

    I did in fact try using a null code - can you blame me? - and that didn't work either.

    November 29, 2011