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

tight loop busy-loop A loop of code that executes without releasing any resources to other programs or the operating system. Consider the following pointless BASIC loop that counts upward indefinitely 10 i = i + 1 20 GOTO 10 Run on a single-user system such as MS-DOS this will not cause any problems. Run on a cooperative multitasking operating system such as Windows 3, the system would appear to freeze. A pre-emptive multitasking operating system such as UNIX or Windows NT would "steal" cycles away from the program and continue to run other programs. See also busy-wait and multitasking. (1999-05-06)