Meaning of LOOSE in English


[loose] adj ; loos.est [ME lous, fr. ON lauss; akin to OHG los loose--more at -less] (13c) 1 a: not rigidly fastened or securely attached b (1): having worked partly free from attachments "a ~ tooth" (2): having relative freedom of movement c: produced freely and accompanied by raising of mucus "a ~ cough" d: not tight-fitting

2. a: free from a state of confinement, restraint, or obligation "a lion ~ in the streets" "spend ~ funds wisely" b: not brought together in a bundle, container, or binding c archaic: disconnected, detached

3: not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement

4. a: lacking in restraint or power of restraint "a ~ tongue" "~ bowels" b: lacking moral restraint: unchaste

5. a: not tightly drawn or stretched: slack b: being flexible or relaxed "stay ~"

6. a: lacking in precision, exactness, or care "~ brushwork" "~ usage" b: permitting freedom of interpretation 7: not in the possession of either of two competing teams "a ~ ball" "a ~ puck" -- adv -- loose.ness n

[2]loose vb loosed ; vt (13c) 1 a: to let loose: release b: to free from restraint

2: to make loose: untie "~ a knot"

3: to cast loose: detach

4: to let fly: discharge

5: to make less rigid, tight, or strict: relax ~ vi: to let fly a missile (as an arrow): fire [3]loose adv (15c): in a loose manner: loosely

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