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1loose

adjective \ˈlüs\

: not tightly fastened, attached, or held

: not pulled or stretched tight

of clothing : not fitting close to your body : not tight

loos·erloos·est

Full Definition of LOOSE

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>
d :  not tight-fitting
2
a :  free from a state of confinement, restraint, or obligation <a lion loose in the streets> <spend loose funds wisely>
b :  not brought together in a bundle, container, or binding
c archaic :  disconnected, detached
3
a :  not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement
b :  not solid :  watery <loose stools>
4
a :  lacking in restraint or power of restraint <a loose tongue>
b :  lacking moral restraint :  unchaste
c :  overactive; specifically :  marked by frequent voiding especially of watery stools <loose bowels>
5
a :  not tightly drawn or stretched :  slack
b :  being flexible or relaxed <stay loose>
6
a :  lacking in precision, exactness, or care <loose brushwork> <loose usage>
b :  permitting freedom of interpretation
7
:  not in the possession of either of two competing teams <a loose ball> <a loose puck>
loose·ly adverb
loose·ness noun

Examples of LOOSE

  1. Some of the shingles on the roof were loose.
  2. The rope was tied in a loose knot.
  3. The nails had been pried loose.
  4. Some of the shingles had come loose.
  5. The boat came loose from its moorings and floated out into the harbor.
  6. The ball popped loose from the shortstop's glove.
  7. loose reins on a horse
  8. She was wearing a loose dress.
  9. The dog was wandering loose in the streets.

Origin of LOOSE

Middle English lous, from Old Norse lauss; akin to Old High German lōs loose — more at -less
First Known Use: 13th century

2loose

verb \ˈlüs\

: to release or untie (an animal or person)

: to make (something) less tight

: to shoot or fire (something, such as an arrow or a bullet)

loosedloos·ing

Full Definition of LOOSE

transitive verb
1
a :  to let loose (see 1loose):  release
b :  to free from restraint
2
:  to make loose :  untie <loose a knot>
3
:  to cast loose :  detach
4
:  to let fly :  discharge
5
:  to make less rigid, tight, or strict :  relax
intransitive verb
:  to let fly a missile (as an arrow) :  fire

Examples of LOOSE

  1. The soldiers loosed a volley of rifle fire.
  2. <the archers loosed a great volley of arrows at the foot soldiers charging towards them>

Origin of LOOSE

(see 1loose)
First Known Use: 13th century

3loose

adverb \ˈlüs\

: in a way that does not fit close to your body

Full Definition of LOOSE

:  in a loose manner (see 1loose):  loosely

Origin of LOOSE

(see 1loose)
First Known Use: 15th century
LOOSEST Defined for Kids

1loose

adjective \ˈlüs\
loos·erloos·est

Definition of LOOSE for Kids

1
:  not tightly fixed or fastened <a loose board>
2
:  not pulled tight <a loose belt>
3
:  not tied up or shut in <a loose horse>
4
:  not brought together in a bundle or binding <loose sheets of paper>
5
:  having parts that are not held or squeezed tightly together <loose gravel>
6
:  not exact or precise <a loose translation>
loose·ly adverb
loose·ness noun

2loose

verb
loosedloos·ing

Definition of LOOSE for Kids

1
:  to make less tight <He loosed the knot.>
2
:  to set free <They loosed the dogs.>
Medical Dictionary

loose

adjective \ˈlüs\
loos·erloos·est

Medical Definition of LOOSE

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
a :  not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement <loose connective tissue> b :  not solid :  watery <loose stools>
3
:  overactive; specifically :  marked by frequent voiding especially of watery stools <loose bowels>
4
:  not tightly drawn or stretched <loose skin>
loose·ly adverb
loose·ness noun

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