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loose[loos] Pronunciation Key adjective, loos‧er, loos‧est, adverb, verb loosed, loos‧ing.
–adjective
1.free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
2.free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night.
3.uncombined, as a chemical element.
4.not bound together: to wear one's hair loose.
5.not put up in a package or other container: loose mushrooms.
6.available for disposal; unused; unappropriated: loose funds.
7.lacking in reticence or power of restraint: a loose tongue.
8.lax, as the bowels.
9.lacking moral restraint or integrity; notorious for his loose character.
10.sexually promiscuous or immoral; unchaste.
11.not firm, taut, or rigid: a loose tooth; a loose rein.
12.relaxed or limber in nature: He runs with a loose, open stride.
13.not fitting closely or tightly: a loose sweater.
14.not close or compact in structure or arrangement; having spaces between the parts; open: a loose weave.
15.having few restraining factors between associated constituents and allowing ample freedom for independent action: a loose federation of city-states.
16.not cohering: loose sand.
17.not strict, exact, or precise: a loose interpretation of the law.
18.Sports.
a.having the players on a team positioned at fairly wide intervals, as in a football formation.
b.(of a ball, hockey puck, etc.) not in the possession of either team; out of player control.
–adverb
19.in a loose manner; loosely (usually used in combination): loose-flowing.
–verb (used with object)
20.to let loose; free from bonds or restraint.
21.to release, as from constraint, obligation, or penalty.
22.Chiefly Nautical. to set free from fastening or attachment: to loose a boat from its moorings.
23.to unfasten, undo, or untie, as a bond, fetter, or knot.
24.to shoot; discharge; let fly: to loose missiles at the invaders.
25.to make less tight; slacken or relax.
26.to render less firmly fixed; lessen an attachment; loosen.
–verb (used without object)
27.to let go a hold.
28.to hoist anchor; get under way.
29.to shoot or let fly an arrow, bullet, etc. (often fol. by off): to loose off at a flock of ducks.
30.Obsolete. to become loose; loosen.
31.hang or stay loose, Slang. to remain relaxed and unperturbed.
32.on the loose,
a.free; unconfined, as, esp., an escaped convict or circus animal.
b.behaving in an unrestrained or dissolute way: a bachelor on the loose.
33.break loose, to free oneself; escape: The convicts broke loose.
34.cast loose,
a.to loosen or unfasten, as a ship from a mooring.
b.to send forth; set adrift or free: He was cast loose at an early age to make his own way in the world.
35.cut loose,
a.to release from domination or control.
b.to become free, independent, etc.
c.to revel without restraint: After the rodeo they headed into town to cut loose.
36.let loose,
a.to free or become free.
b.to yield; give way: The guardrail let loose and we very nearly plunged over the edge.
37.turn loose, to release or free, as from confinement: The teacher turned the children loose after the class.

[Origin: 1175–1225; (adj.) ME los, loos < ON lauss loose, free, empty; c. OE lēas (see -less), D, G los loose, free; (v.) ME leowsen, lousen, deriv. of the adj.]

loosely, adverb
looseness, noun

2. unbound, untied, unrestricted, unconfined. 10. libertine, dissolute, licentious. 17. vague, general, indefinite. 20. loosen, unbind. 21. liberate. 25. ease.
1. bound. 10. chaste. 25. tighten.
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loose (ls)  Pronunciation Key  Audio pronunciation of "loose" [P]
adj. loos·er, loos·est
  1. Not fastened, restrained, or contained: loose bricks.
  2. Not taut, fixed, or rigid: a loose anchor line; a loose chair leg.
  3. Free from confinement or imprisonment; unfettered: criminals loose in the neighborhood; dogs that are loose on the streets.
  4. Not tight-fitting or tightly fitted: loose shoes.
  5. Not bound, bundled, stapled, or gathered together: loose papers.
  6. Not compact or dense in arrangement or structure: loose gravel.
  7. Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; idle: loose talk.
  8. Not formal; relaxed: a loose atmosphere at the club.
  9. Lacking conventional moral restraint in sexual behavior.
  10. Not literal or exact: a loose translation.
  11. Characterized by a free movement of fluids in the body: a loose cough; loose bowels.

adv.
In a loose manner.

v. loosed, loos·ing, loos·es
v. tr.
  1. To let loose; release: loosed the dogs.
  2. To make loose; undo: loosed his belt.
  3. To cast loose; detach: hikers loosing their packs at camp.
  4. To let fly; discharge: loosed an arrow.
  5. To release pressure or obligation from; absolve: loosed her from the responsibility.
  6. To make less strict; relax: a leader's strong authority that was loosed by easy times.

v. intr.
  1. To become loose.
  2. To discharge a missile; fire.

Idiom:
on the loose
  1. At large; free.
  2. Acting in an uninhibited fashion.


[Middle English louse, los, from Old Norse lauss. See leu- in Indo-European Roots.]
loosely adv.
looseness n.
Synonyms: loose, lax, slack
1 These adjectives mean not tautly bound, held, or fastened: loose reins; a lax rope; slack sails.
Antonyms: tight

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In addition to the idioms beginning with loose, also see at loose ends; break loose; cast loose; cut loose; footloose and fancy-free; hang loose; have a screw loose; on the loose; play fast and loose.

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Main Entry: loose
Pronunciation: 'lüs
Function: adjective
Inflected Forms: loos·er; loos·est
1 a : not rigidly fastened or securely attached b (1) : having worked partly free from attachments <a loose tooth> (2) : having relative freedom of movement c : produced freely and accompanied by raising of mucus <a loose cough>
2 : not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement <loose connective tissue>
3 : lacking in restraint or power of restraint <loose bowels>
4 : not tightly drawn or stretched —loose·ly adverbloose·ness noun

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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, unloosen] [ant: confine] 2: turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity" [syn: unleash, let loose] 3: make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope" [syn: loosen] [ant: stiffen] 4: become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed" [syn: loosen, relax] [ant: stiffen]

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