Definitions

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

Etymologies

feed +‎ back (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

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  • I still want a block under "Related Words" that lists other word entries where commenters have linked back to the entry page you're on.

    April 7, 2014

  • Thanks ry -- it's not you, it's us. I'll add that to the fixit list.

    August 16, 2013

  • the <img> tag doesn't seem to be working in comments. Either that or I'm doing something wrong. See the comment I just put on olinguito.

    August 16, 2013

  • Thanks for listening! I've just discovered that you seem to have fixed the thing where very large lists wouldn't load—for instance, outcasts loads in ~300ms! I'm ecstatic!

    August 3, 2013

  • Thank you! I'll use that as a test case for bringing back the breaks ...

    August 2, 2013

  • line breaks in my comments have absconded. por ejemplo, I left a comment on scowlful where I excerpted a poem and separated the lines with hard returns; now it seems to appear as one solid text block.

    August 2, 2013

  • thanks!

    We're hoping to bring back the comment editing soon ... please let us know of anything else you see that's wonky!

    August 2, 2013

  • I'm glad to see the tags have reappeared. I like it!

    August 2, 2013

  • Wait, I can't edit my comments? I don't like it!

    August 2, 2013

  • you guys changed some stuff. I like it!

    August 2, 2013

  • Cue 'The high-pitched howling noise'!

    January 2, 2013

  • Thank you for the response. The frustration I had yesterday was in trying to find an example of milch that wasn't collocated with cow.

    January 2, 2013

  • hi bilby! Yes, I would love it if we could select the examples. There are some hard questions about sorting/indexing that have to get straightened out. :-(

    January 2, 2013

  • Anyway my suggestion was that it would be useful, occasionally, to be able to select the examples. At the moment they appear in who-knows order. You can get more by clicking the 10 more link at the bottom...another 10 in who-knows order. What if I wanted examples pre-1950? Or from academic writing only? etc. Are there ways we could potentially sort the feed that gets pumped into the examples?

    January 2, 2013

  • I hate that feedback tab. You try to put something in and then get bailed-up with a demand to go retrieve a code you didn't request from your email junk. Commentus interruptus.

    January 2, 2013

  • This way to the current feedback feature:
    http://support.wordnik.com/wordnik

    January 6, 2012

  • 'appears on 94 other lists and has 25 comments', it would be great if there was an option to disable the < details >. Because when bulk copying and pasting (and there are different reasons each time) word lists, it's fairly annoying to have to remove each instance of < details >.

    So yeah.

    January 1, 2012

  • i suppose i need to clarify, where do i go to a page to see the list of all words tagged 'fun to say'?

    December 24, 2011

  • nevermind i found it. that was too hard to find! it should also be on the top or bottom of the list page as it is on the word lists themselves!

    plus site's acting rather odd.

    December 23, 2011

  • why can i suddenly not find where to start a new list?

    December 23, 2011

  • why can i suddenly not find where to start a new list?

    December 23, 2011

  • where are the tag pages?? http://www.wordnik.com/tags/fun to say

    December 16, 2011

  • Thanks oroboros -- seems like a transient error. Cash money should be cash money again now.

    December 14, 2011

  • Can't look up cash money -- "500 server error"

    December 14, 2011

  • definitely rockin the site now, but..

    why is the add word input field waay at the bottom of the page on lists? :/ thats an unnecessary hassle to have to nav to the bottom every time.

    December 12, 2011

  • is it faster? ok it is slightly.

    i'd like to customize my profile to ignore all images. then it will be fast. thanks.

    November 30, 2011

  • disregard my complaint about the font. it was a terrible helvetica i had installed on my system. once i removed it, it fell back to default arial and looks fine.

    my apologies, but i still think the user customizable font type and size is a cool idea.

    November 30, 2011

  • you know what would be neat? the ability for users to change the font between a few selections. should be a straightforward css / js situation.

    November 30, 2011

  • Must one go to a word page to delete words in a list? Cannot this be done within the list itself?

    November 30, 2011

  • Lists are so much easier to create and populate now!

    November 30, 2011

  • Thanks folks! I'm making tickets for all these requests and comments.

    Prolagus, we'll get those tag-comments back eventually. Tags don't have their own pages now, so it's a matter of figuring out where to put them ...

    November 29, 2011

  • May I just point out that there was a reason 'Recent Open Lists' was on the Front/Zeitgeist/Community page. It was to foster a spirit of collaboration so that a new open list was quickly noticed and other users to join to contribute to building the list. Either the New Lists column needs to identify which are open and which aren't or we still need 2 columns. And both New Open Lists and New (Restricted) Lists need a link underneath them to All Open Lists and All (Restricted) Lists. I'm not sure restricted is the best term. Perhaps hernesheir might say intestine.
    Also, the Recently Viewed Words was, in the past few months, my favourite feature of the site. Now it's gone.

    November 29, 2011

  • By the way, imperfect as it is, this is the first real tangible improvement since the Wordnik era. At last! Congratulations to (whomever? whoever? whatever) is behind it.

    November 29, 2011

  • I find it creepy that this site has tracked every word I have ever looked up. I have set it to 'off' and also share with public as 'off' but it still seems to be on. Even if I did want to see them, I'd hardly want them right at the top of the page.

    November 29, 2011

  • Accessing all of my lists now takes longer than ever: main page -> click on my name -> click "my profile" -> scroll down to "lists" -> click "all lists".

    November 29, 2011

  • I could only change that preference after connecting from an actual computer (something I can do less and less often nowadays).

    November 29, 2011

  • Yeah. I just noticed that the names of all of one's lists can be viewed on a word page regardless of the number of them. Thanks Erin and team.

    November 29, 2011

  • Congratulations Erin! I am delighted by the information that now appears on our Profile pages.

    November 29, 2011

  • By "can't" I mean that I get an error message. Accessing Wordnik from Dolphin Browser for Pad on a Honeycomb tablet.

    November 29, 2011

  • I can't hide the "recent lookups" from my profile. I had them off before the newest change, and I think you should keep the previous settings by default.

    November 29, 2011

  • I'd like an answer please.

    November 29, 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    November 20, 2009

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

    September 13, 2008

  • Dear Prolagus,
    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