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Definitions of loose

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. without restraint; "cows in India are running loose" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. not officially recognized or controlled; "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. grant freedom to; free from confinement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. not restrained or confined or attached; "a pocket full of loose bills"; "knocked the ball loose"; "got loose from his attacker" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. not affixed; "the stamp came loose" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. not bound or fastened or gathered together; "loose pages"; "loose papers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player; "a loose ball" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. freely producing mucus; "a loose phlegmy cough" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and gray"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. not carefully arranged in a package; "a box of loose nails" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. not fixed firmly or tightly; "the bolts became loose over time"; "a loose chair leg"; "loose bricks" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps; "an open texture"; "a loose weave" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. Unbound; untied; unsewed; not attached, fastened, fixed, or confined; as, the loose sheets of a book. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Not tight or close; as, a loose garment. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Not dense, close, compact, or crowded; as, a cloth of loose texture. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as, a loose style, or way of reasoning. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Not strict in matters of morality; not rigid according to some standard of right. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Unconnected; rambling. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. Lax; not costive; having lax bowels. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Dissolute; unchaste; as, a loose man or woman. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Containing or consisting of obscene or unchaste language; as, a loose epistle. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Freedom from restraint. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. A letting go; discharge. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To untie or unbind; to free from any fastening; to remove the shackles or fastenings of; to set free; to relieve. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. To release from anything obligatory or burdensome; to disengage; hence, to absolve; to remit. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To relax; to loosen; to make less strict. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To solve; to interpret. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. To set sail. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  39. Free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty, habit, etc. ; - with from or of. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. Not fast; unbound; not tight; vague; unconnected; not close or compact in substance or texture; not careful in morals. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  41. To set free; unbind; disengage; relax. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  42. Loosely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. Looseness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Looser. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  45. Loosest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  46. Loosed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  47. Loosing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  48. Slack, free: unbound: not confined: not compact: not strict: unrestrained: licentious: inattentive. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  49. To free from any fastening: to release: to relax. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  50. (B.) To set sail. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  51. To release; relax. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  52. Unbound; unconfined; not strict; licentious. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  53. To free; release; unbind; disengage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. Not fastened confined, or compact. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. Lax; slack; dissolute. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  56. Indefinite; vague. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  57. Unbound; slack; not tight; not compact; not concise; vague; not strict; lax; unconnected; having a flux from the bowels; unrestrained; licentious; containing unchaste language; free. To break loose, to escape from confinement or restraint. To let loose, to set at liberty. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  58. To unbind; to free from any fastening; to relax; to liberate; to free from obligation; to relieve; to undo; to remit; to absolve. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  59. Unbound; not fastened or confined; slack; not tight or close; not precise or exact; vague; rambling; lax, as the bowels; not concise; not accurate; at liberty; wanton; inattentive. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  60. To untie or unbind; to release or set at liberty; to let go; to remit or absolve; to set sail. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  61. Free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty, habit, etc. ; -- with from or of. mso.anu.edu.au
  62. Free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty, habit, etc.; with from or of. dictgcide_fs
  63. l[=oo]s, adj. slack, free: unbound: not confined: not compact: indefinite: vague: not strict: unrestrained: lax in principle: licentious: inattentive.--adj. LOOSE'-BOD'IED, flowing.--n. LOOSE'-KIR'TLE, a wanton.--adv. LOOSE'LY.--ns. LOOS'ENER, a laxative; LOOSE'NESS, the state of being loose: diarrhoea.--LOOSE BOX, a part of a stable where horses are kept untied.--BREAK LOOSE, to escape from confinement; GIVE A LOOSE TO, to give free vent to; LET LOOSE, to set at liberty. [A.S. leás, loose; from the same root as loose (v.t.) and lose, seen also in Goth. laus, Ger. los; more prob. due to Ice. lauss.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  64. l[=oo]s, v.t. to free from any fastening: to release: to relax: (Spens.) to solve.--v.i. (B.) to set sail.--v.t. LOOS'EN, to make loose: to relax anything tied or rigid: to make less dense; to open, as the bowels.--v.i. to become loose: to become less tight. [A.S. lósian; Ger. lösen, Goth. lausjan, to loose.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  65. Released from bonds or restraint; detached or detachable from its place (come, get, l.; play fast& l.; (Chem.) free, uncombined; hanging partly free (esp. l. end; at a l. end, without definite occupation); not rigidly fixed, apt to shift, (have a screw l.); slack, relaxed, not tense or tight, (with a l. rein, lit. of riding, & fig. indulgently; l. tongue, given to blabbing; l. bowels, tending to diarrhoea; l. clothes; l. build or make, ungainly figure); not compact, dense, or serried (l. soil, fabric; l. order, military arrangement with wide intervals; l. handwriting, straggling; l. play or game in football, in which players do not lock together); (of statements, ideas, &c.) inexact, indefinite, vague, incorrect, (of translation) not close or faithful, (of style) ungrammatical, (of agent) doing the act loosely (l. thinker); (cricket) l. bowling, inaccurately pitched, l. fielding, careless or bungling; morally lax, dissolute, wanton in speech or act, (l. fish, dissolute person; on the l., having a spree); l. box; loose-, loosely, as l.-flowing, -fitting. Hence loosely adv., looseness n., loosish (2) a. [old Norse] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  66. Release, set free, free from constraint (wine loosed his tongue); untie, undo, (knot, fetters, seal, hair of head); detach from moorings; discharge (arrow), (abs.) discharge gun (at); relax (now only in l. hold); (n.) vent, free expression, (give l. or a l. to one\'s feelings &c.). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  67. Unconfined, lax, relaxed; of the intestinal canal, discharging its contents freely; of a cough, attended with free secretion. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  68. n. Liberty; freedom from restraint. Cabinet Dictionary

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