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Meaning of LOOSE

Pronunciation:  loos

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  not restrained or confined or attached; "a pocket full of loose bills"; "knocked the ball loose"; "got loose from his attacker"
  3. [adv]  without restraint; "cows in India are running loose"
  4. [adj]  not affixed; "the stamp came loose"
  5. [adj]  not bound or fastened or gathered together; "loose pages"; "loose papers"
  6. [adj]  casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"
  7. [adj]  not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel"
  8. [adj]  (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player; "a loose ball"
  9. [adj]  emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels"
  10. [adj]  not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"
  11. [adj]  freely producing mucus; "a loose phlegmy cough"
  12. [adj]  not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose"
  13. [adj]  not officially recognized or controlled; "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers"
  14. [adj]  not carefully arranged in a package; "a box of loose nails"
  15. [adj]  lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"
  16. [adj]  not fixed firmly or tightly; "the bolts became loose over time"; "a loose chair leg"; "loose bricks"
  17. [adj]  (of textures) full of small openings or gaps; "an open texture"; "a loose weave"
  18. [adj]  not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and gray"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope"
  19. [v]  become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
  20. [v]  make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
  21. [v]  turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
  22. [v]  grant freedom to; free from confinement

LOOSE is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: at large(p), at liberty(p), baggy, coarse, easy, escaped, flyaway, free, free, free, friable, idle, inexact, informal, insecure, irresponsible, lax, let loose, liberal, liberate, light, loose-fitting, loosen, on the loose(p), open, phlegmy, promiscuous, regular, relax, release, sandy, shifting, silty, slack, sluttish, unaffixed, unbound, unchaste, unconsolidated, unconstipated, uncontrolled, unfirm, unleash, unloose, unloosen, unofficial, unpackaged, wanton
 Antonyms: affixed, compact, confine, detain, stiffen, tight
 See Also: alter, bail, bail out, change, let go, let go of, loose, parole, release, relinquish, remit, run, slack, slacken, unbend, unchain, unscrew, unspell, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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
    {Fast and loose}. See under {Fast}.
    {To break loose}. See under {Break}.
    {Loose pulley}. (Mach.) See {Fast and loose pulleys}, under
    {To let loose}, to free from restraint or confinement; to set
       at liberty.
  2. \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.
  3. \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. 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.
    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.
  4. \Loose\, v. i.
    To set sail. [Obs.] --Acts xiii. 13.
Legal Dictionary
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