ground loop

Definitions

Aviation

  • noun a sharp unplanned turn made by an aircraft that is taxiing, taking off, or landing, caused by unbalanced drag

Electronics

  • A condition in which two or more points in an electrical system are each connected separately to a common ground, and are also connected via other conductors, inducing undesired circulating currents. Such a loop, for instance, can cause susceptibility to electromagnetic interference which may manifest itself as hum or other noise.
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