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 for infinite loop
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  infinite loop \infinite loop\ n.
     1. (Computers) a series of instructions in a computer program
        which, when executed, cause a cyclic repetition of the
        same instructions, with no other action by the program,
        for as long as the program continues to be executed, or
        the loop is interrupted by some external action.
        [PJC]
  
     Note: An infinite loop is rarely written intentionally except
           in cases where the loop is intended merely as a waiting
           sequence, to be interrupted by some action of the user.
           It is more commonly the result of a serious logical
           error on the part of the programmer, resulting in a
           failure of the program. Its execution can be halted
           only by halting execution of the program, e.g. by
           intervention of the operating system or by halting or
           resetting the computer. In single-user systems, when
           executing an infinite loop, the computer will appear to
           halt operation of the program, and the program will be
           unresponsive to normal keyboard input, though it may be
           interrupted by an unmasked interrupt.
           [PJC]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  infinite loop
   n.
  
      One that never terminates (that is, the machine spins or buzzes forever
      and goes catatonic). There is a standard joke that has been made about
      each generation's exemplar of the ultra-fast machine: ?The Cray-3 is so
      fast it can execute an infinite loop in under 2 seconds!?
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  infinite loop
  endless loop
  wound around the axle
  
      (Or "endless loop") Where a piece of program is
     executed repeatedly with no hope of stopping.  This is nearly
     always because of a bug, e.g. if the condition for exiting
     the loop is wrong, though it may be intentional if the program
     is controlling an embedded system which is supposed to run
     continuously until it is turned off.  The programmer may also
     intend the program to run until interrupted by the user.  An
     endless loop may also be used as a last-resort error handler
     when no other action is appropriate.  This is used in some
     operating system kernels following a panic.
  
     A program executing an infinite loop is said to spin or
     buzz forever and goes catatonic.  The program is "wound
     around the axle".
  
     A standard joke has been made about each generation's exemplar
     of the ultra-fast machine: "The Cray-3 is so fast it can
     execute an infinite loop in under 2 seconds!"
  
     See also black hole, recursion, infinite loop.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-05-11)
  

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