Pronunciation: lŌs
a.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.
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.
8.Lax; not costive; having lax bowels.
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.
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.
n.1.Freedom from restraint.
2.A letting go; discharge.
To give a loose
to give freedom.
v. n.1.To untie or unbind; to free from any fastening; to remove the shackles or fastenings of; to set free; to relieve.
[imp. & p. p. Loosed (lŌst); p. pr. & vb. n. Loosing.]
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.
v. i.1.To set sail.
Verb1.loose - grant freedom to; free from confinement
2.loose - turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
Synonyms: let loose, unleash
3.loose - make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
Synonyms: loosen
4.loose - become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
Synonyms: relax, loosen
Adj.1.loose - not restrained or confined or attached; "a pocket full of loose bills"; "knocked the ball loose"; "got loose from his attacker"
2.loose - not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel"
compact - closely and firmly united or packed together; "compact soil"; "compact clusters of flowers"
3.loose - (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player; "a loose ball"
4.loose - not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose"
tight - closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "tight skirts"; "he hated tight starched collars"; "fingers closed in a tight fist"; "a tight feeling in his chest"
5.loose - not officially recognized or controlled; "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers"
Synonyms: informal
6.loose - not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"
Synonyms: liberal, free
7.loose - emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels"
Synonyms: lax
8.loose - not affixed; "the stamp came loose"
Synonyms: unaffixed
9.loose - not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and gray"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope"
Synonyms: slack
10.loose - (of textures) full of small openings or gaps; "an open texture"; "a loose weave"
Synonyms: open
11.loose - not fixed firmly or tightly; "the bolts became loose over time"; "a loose chair leg"; "loose bricks"
12.loose - lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"
Synonyms: idle
13.loose - not carefully arranged in a package; "a box of loose nails"
14.loose - freely producing mucus; "a loose phlegmy cough"
15.loose - 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"
16.loose - casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"
17.loose - not bound or fastened or gathered together; "loose pages"; "loose papers"
Adv.1.loose - without restraint; "cows in India are running loose"
Synonyms: free
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