from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. The portion of the output so returned.
- n. Sound created when a transducer such as a microphone or electric guitar picks up sound from a speaker connected to an amplifier and regenerates it back through the amplifier.
- n. The return of information about the result of a process or activity; an evaluative response: asked the students for feedback on the new curriculum.
- n. The process by which a system, often biological or ecological, is modulated, controlled, or changed by the product, output, or response it produces.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Critical assessment on information produced
- n. The signal that is looped back to control a system within itself.
- n. The high-pitched howling noise heard when there's a loop between a microphone and a speaker.
- v. 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.
- v. To provide informational feedback to.
- v. To convey by means of specialized communications channel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input.
- n. response to an inquiry or experiment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. submit (information) again to a program or automatic system
- v. respond to a query or outcome
- n. response to an inquiry or experiment
- n. the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input in order to regulate its further output
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*.
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.
All systems appear to show evidence of what we label feedback.
Let us know, your feedback is always important to us.
Log stats can give you numbers but the feedback is the human touch.
We are working on a new system for blog advertising and the feedback is always useful.
It's also something I haven't done before, but may be doing more often so the feedback is appreciated.
Citizens control the media and the feedback is at the speed of thought.
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.
Thus, what you call feedback is the mere beginning, the source material of the process of creation.