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loose


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Loose  \Loose\,  v.  i. 
  To  set  sail.  [Obs.]  --Acts  xiii.  13. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Loose  \Loose\,  n. 
  1.  Freedom  from  restraint.  [Obs.]  --Prior. 
 
  2.  A  letting  go  discharge.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  {To  give  a  loose},  to  give  freedom. 
 
  Vent  all  its  griefs,  and  give  a  loose  to  sorrow. 
  --Addison. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Loose  \Loose\,  v.  n.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Loosed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Loosing}.]  [From  {Loose},  a.] 
  1.  To  untie  or  unbind;  to  free  from  any  fastening;  to  remove 
  the  shackles  or  fastenings  of  to  set  free  to  relieve. 
 
  Canst  thou  .  .  .  loose  the  bands  of  Orion  ?  --Job. 
  xxxviii  31. 
 
  Ye  shall  find  an  ass  tied,  and  a  colt  with  her 
  loose  them  and  bring  them  unto  me  --Matt.  xxi. 
  2. 
 
  2.  To  release  from  anything  obligatory  or  burdensome;  to 
  disengage;  hence  to  absolve;  to  remit. 
 
  Art  thou  loosed  from  a  wife  ?  seek  not  a  wife.  --1 
  Cor.  vii.  27. 
 
  Whatsoever  thou  shalt  loose  on  earth  shall  be  loosed 
  in  heaven.  --Matt.  xvi. 
  19. 
 
  3.  To  relax;  to  loosen;  to  make  less  strict. 
 
  The  joints  of  his  loins  were  loosed.  --Dan.  v.  6. 
 
  4.  To  solve;  to  interpret.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Loose  \Loose\,  a.  [Compar.  {Looser};  superl.  {Loosest}.]  [OE. 
  loos,  lous,  laus,  Icel.  lauss;  akin  to  OD  loos,  D.  los,  AS 
  le['a]s  false,  deceitful,  G.  los,  loose,  Dan.  &  Sw  l["o]s, 
  Goth.  laus,  and  E.  lose.  ?  See  {Lose},  and  cf  {Leasing} 
  falsehood.] 
  1.  Unbound;  untied;  unsewed;  not  attached,  fastened,  fixed, 
  or  confined;  as  the  loose  sheets  of  a  book. 
 
  Her  hair,  nor  loose,  nor  tied  in  formal  plat. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Free  from  constraint  or  obligation;  not  bound  by  duty, 
  habit,  etc.;  --  with  from  or  of 
 
  Now  I  stand  Loose  of  my  vow;  but  who  knows  Cato's 
  thoughts  ?  --Addison. 
 
  3.  Not  tight  or  close  as  a  loose  garment. 
 
  4.  Not  dense,  close  compact,  or  crowded;  as  a  cloth  of 
  loose  texture. 
 
  With  horse  and  chariots  ranked  in  loose  array. 
  --Milton. 
 
  5.  Not  precise  or  exact;  vague;  indeterminate;  as  a  loose 
  style,  or  way  of  reasoning. 
 
  The  comparison  employed  .  .  .  must  be  considered 
  rather  as  a  loose  analogy  than  as  an  exact 
  scientific  explanation.  --Whewel. 
 
  6.  Not  strict  in  matters  of  morality;  not  rigid  according  to 
  some  standard  of  right 
 
  The  loose  morality  which  he  had  learned.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  7.  Unconnected;  rambling. 
 
  Vario  spends  whole  mornings  in  running  over  loose 
  and  unconnected  pages.  --I.  Watts. 
 
  8.  Lax;  not  costive;  having  lax  bowels.  --Locke. 
 
  9.  Dissolute;  unchaste;  as  a  loose  man  or  woman. 
 
  Loose  ladies  in  delight.  --Spenser. 
 
  10.  Containing  or  consisting  of  obscene  or  unchaste  language; 
  as  a  loose  epistle.  --  Dryden. 
 
  {At  loose  ends},  not  in  order  in  confusion;  carelessly 
  managed. 
 
  {Fast  and  loose}.  See  under  {Fast}. 
 
  {To  break  loose}.  See  under  {Break}. 
 
  {Loose  pulley}.  (Mach.)  See  {Fast  and  loose  pulleys},  under 
  {Fast}. 
 
  {To  let  loose},  to  free  from  restraint  or  confinement;  to  set 
  at  liberty. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  loose 
  adj  1:  not  restrained  or  confined  or  attached;  "a  pocket  full  of 
  loose  bills";  "knocked  the  ball  loose";  "got  loose 
  from  his  attacker" 
  2:  not  compact  or  dense  in  structure  or  arrangement;  "loose 
  gravel"  [ant:  {compact}] 
  3:  (of  a  ball  in  sport)  not  in  the  possession  or  control  of  any 
  player;  "a  loose  ball" 
  4:  not  tight;  not  closely  constrained  or  constricted  or 
  constricting;  "loose  clothing";  "the  large  shoes  were  very 
  loose"  [ant:  {tight}] 
  5:  not  officially  recognized  or  controlled;  "an  informal 
  agreement";  "a  loose  organization  of  the  local  farmers" 
  [syn:  {informal}] 
  6:  not  literal;  "a  loose  interpretation  of  what  she  had  been 
  told";  "a  free  translation  of  the  poem"  [syn:  {free},  {liberal}] 
  7:  emptying  easily  or  excessively;  "loose  bowels"  [syn:  {lax}] 
  8:  not  affixed;  "the  stamp  came  loose"  [syn:  {unaffixed}]  [ant: 
  {affixed}] 
  9:  not  tense  or  taut;  "the  old  man's  skin  hung  loose  and  gray"; 
  "slack  and  wrinkled  skin";  "slack  sails";  "a  slack  rope" 
  [syn:  {slack}] 
  10:  (of  textures)  full  of  small  openings  or  gaps;  "an  open 
  texture";  "a  loose  weave"  [syn:  {open}] 
  11:  not  fixed  firmly  or  tightly;  "the  bolts  became  loose  over 
  time";  "a  loose  chair  leg";  "loose  bricks" 
  12:  lacking  a  sense  of  restraint  or  responsibility;  "idle  talk"; 
  "a  loose  tongue"  [syn:  {idle}] 
  13:  not  carefully  arranged  in  a  package;  "a  box  of  loose  nails" 
  14:  freely  producing  mucus;  "a  loose  phlegmy  cough" 
  15:  having  escaped,  especially  from  confinement;  "a  convict 
  still  at  large";  "searching  for  two  escaped  prisoners"; 
  "dogs  loose  on  the  streets";  "criminals  on  the  loose  in 
  the  neighborhood"  [syn:  {at  large(p)},  {at  liberty(p)},  {escaped}, 
  {on  the  loose(p)}] 
  16:  casual  and  unrestrained  in  sexual  behavior;  "her  easy 
  virtue";  "he  was  told  to  avoid  loose  (or  light)  women"; 
  "wanton  behavior"  [syn:  {easy},  {light},  {promiscuous},  {sluttish}, 
  {wanton}] 
  17:  not  bound  or  fastened  or  gathered  together;  "loose  pages"; 
  "loose  papers" 
  adv  :  without  restraint;  "cows  in  India  are  running  loose"  [syn:  {free}] 
  v  1:  grant  freedom  to  free  from  confinement  [syn:  {free},  {liberate}, 
  {release},  {unloose}]  [ant:  {confine}] 
  2:  turn  loose  or  free  from  restraint;  "let  loose  mines";  "Loose 
  terrible  plagues  upon  humanity"  [syn:  {unleash},  {let 
  loose}] 
  3:  become  less  tight;  "the  rope  relaxed"  [syn:  {relax}] 
  4:  make  loose  or  looser;  "loosen  the  tension  on  a  rope"  [syn:  {loosen}] 
  [ant:  {stiffen}] 




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