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VERB (4)

1. grant freedom to; free from confinement;
[syn: free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose]

2. turn loose or free from restraint;
- Example: "let loose mines"
- Example: "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
[syn: unleash, let loose, loose]

3. make loose or looser;
- Example: "loosen the tension on a rope"
[syn: loosen, loose]

4. become loose or looser or less tight;
- Example: "The noose loosened"
- Example: "the rope relaxed"
[syn: loosen, relax, loose]


ADJECTIVE (13)

1. not compact or dense in structure or arrangement;
- Example: "loose gravel"

2. (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player;
- Example: "a loose ball"

3. not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting;
- Example: "loose clothing"
- Example: "the large shoes were very loose"

4. not officially recognized or controlled;
- Example: "an informal agreement"
- Example: "a loose organization of the local farmers"
[syn: informal, loose]

5. not literal;
- Example: "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"
- Example: "a free translation of the poem"
[syn: free, loose, liberal]

6. emptying easily or excessively;
- Example: "loose bowels"
[syn: lax, loose]

7. not affixed;
- Example: "the stamp came loose"
[syn: unaffixed, loose]

8. not tense or taut;
- Example: "the old man's skin hung loose and grey"
- Example: "slack and wrinkled skin"
- Example: "slack sails"
- Example: "a slack rope"
[syn: loose, slack]

9. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps;
- Example: "an open texture"
- Example: "a loose weave"
[syn: loose, open]

10. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility;
- Example: "idle talk"
- Example: "a loose tongue"
[syn: idle, loose]

11. not carefully arranged in a package;
- Example: "a box of loose nails"

12. having escaped, especially from confinement;
- Example: "a convict still at large"
- Example: "searching for two escaped prisoners"
- Example: "dogs loose on the streets"
- Example: "criminals on the loose in the neighborhood"
[syn: at large(p), escaped, loose, on the loose(p)]

13. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior;
- Example: "her easy virtue"
- Example: "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"
- Example: "wanton behavior"
[syn: easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton]


ADVERB (1)

1. without restraint;
- Example: "cows in India are running loose"
[syn: loose, free]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Loose \Loose\ (l[=oo]s), a. [Compar. Looser (l[=oo]s"[~e]r); 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. [root]127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.] 1. Unbound; untied; unsewed; not attached, fastened, fixed, or confined; as, the loose sheets of a book. [1913 Webster] Her hair, nor loose, nor tied in formal plat. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty, habit, etc.; -- with from or of. [1913 Webster] Now I stand Loose of my vow; but who knows Cato's thoughts ? --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. Not tight or close; as, a loose garment. [1913 Webster] 4. Not dense, close, compact, or crowded; as, a cloth of loose texture. [1913 Webster] With horse and chariots ranked in loose array. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as, a loose style, or way of reasoning. [1913 Webster] The comparison employed . . . must be considered rather as a loose analogy than as an exact scientific explanation. --Whewel. [1913 Webster] 6. Not strict in matters of morality; not rigid according to some standard of right. [1913 Webster] The loose morality which he had learned. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 7. Unconnected; rambling. [1913 Webster] Vario spends whole mornings in running over loose and unconnected pages. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster] 8. Lax; not costive; having lax bowels. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 9. Dissolute; unchaste; as, a loose man or woman. [1913 Webster] Loose ladies in delight. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 10. Containing or consisting of obscene or unchaste language; as, a loose epistle. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Loose \Loose\, n. 1. Freedom from restraint. [Obs.] --Prior. [1913 Webster] 2. A letting go; discharge. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] To give a loose, to give freedom. [1913 Webster] Vent all its griefs, and give a loose to sorrow. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Loose \Loose\ (l[=oo]s), v. n. [imp. & p. p. Loosed (l[=oo]st); 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. [1913 Webster] Canst thou . . . loose the bands of Orion ? --Job. xxxviii. 31. [1913 Webster] Ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her; loose them, and bring them unto me. --Matt. xxi. 2. [1913 Webster] 2. To release from anything obligatory or burdensome; to disengage; hence, to absolve; to remit. [1913 Webster] Art thou loosed from a wife ? seek not a wife. --1 Cor. vii. 27. [1913 Webster] Whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. --Matt. xvi. 19. [1913 Webster] 3. To relax; to loosen; to make less strict. [1913 Webster] The joints of his loins were loosed. --Dan. v. 6. [1913 Webster] 4. To solve; to interpret. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Loose \Loose\, v. i. To set sail. [Obs.] --Acts xiii. 13. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

loose adv 1: without restraint; "cows in India are running loose" [syn: loose, free] adj 1: not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel" [ant: compact] 2: (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player; "a loose ball" 3: not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose" [ant: tight] 4: not officially recognized or controlled; "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers" [syn: informal, loose] 5: not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem" [syn: free, loose, liberal] 6: emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels" [syn: lax, loose] 7: not affixed; "the stamp came loose" [syn: unaffixed, loose] [ant: affixed] 8: not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and grey"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope" [syn: loose, slack] 9: (of textures) full of small openings or gaps; "an open texture"; "a loose weave" [syn: loose, open] 10: lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue" [syn: idle, loose] 11: not carefully arranged in a package; "a box of loose nails" 12: 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), escaped, loose, on the loose(p)] 13: casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior" [syn: easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton] v 1: grant freedom to; free from confinement [syn: free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose] [ant: confine, detain] 2: turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity" [syn: unleash, let loose, loose] 3: make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope" [syn: loosen, loose] [ant: stiffen] 4: become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed" [syn: loosen, relax, loose] [ant: stiffen]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

467 Moby Thesaurus words for "loose": Bohemian, Paphian, abandoned, abate, absonant, adrift, affable, afloat, afoot and lighthearted, aid, aimless, aleatoric, aleatory, alleviate, amorphous, approximate, approximative, at large, at liberty, aweigh, bagging, baggy, ballooning, barbarous, bate, beat-up, bedraggled, blobby, blowzy, blurred, blurry, break loose, broad, by the way, capricious, careless, cast off, cast-off, casual, chambering, chance, chancy, chaotic, chintzy, clear, clear the way, confused, contradictory, contrary to reason, cool off, cordial, corrupt, culpably negligent, dangling, debauched, degage, deliver, derelict, desultory, detach, detached, deviative, diffuse, digressive, dilapidated, discharge, disconnected, discontinuous, discursive, disengage, disengaged, disenthrall, disjoin, disjointed, disordered, disorganized, disperse, dispersed, dissolute, doff, drabbletailed, draggled, draggletailed, drooping, droopy, ease, ease off, ease up, easy, easygoing, emancipate, emancipated, emit, episodic, erroneous, escape, escaped, excursive, expedite, explain, extravagant, facilitate, fallacious, familiar, fast, faulty, fire, flabby, flaccid, flapping, flawed, fled, flee, flimsy, floating, floppy, flowing, flown, foggy, folksy, footloose, footloose and fancy-free, free, free and easy, free as air, freeborn, freed, frowzy, frumpish, frumpy, fugitive, fuzzy, general, give out with, go-as-you-please, go-go, gracious, grease, grease the ways, grease the wheels, grubby, hanging, hasten, haymish, hazy, help along, hit-or-miss, homely, homey, ill-defined, illogical, immoderate, immoral, impotent, imprecise, improper, in disarray, in disorder, in rags, in the clear, inaccurate, inadvertent, inattentive, inauthentic, inchoate, incoherent, inconclusive, incongruous, inconsequent, inconsequential, inconsistent, inconstant, incontinent, incorrect, indecisive, indefinable, indefinite, indeterminable, indeterminate, indifferent, indistinct, indulgent, inexact, infelicitous, informal, intemperate, invalid, irrational, irregular, irrepressible, laissez-faire, lax, lenient, lessen, let down, let fly, let go, let up, lewd, liberate, liberated, libertine, licentious, light, limp, loose-moraled, loosen, lop, lop-eared, loppy, lubricate, lumpen, make clear, make way for, manumit, maundering, messy, mitigate, movable, mussy, natural, neglectful, neglecting, negligent, nodding, nonadhesive, noninterfering, nonrestrictive, nonscientific, nonspecific, not following, obscure, of easy virtue, of loose morals, off-guard, offhand, offhanded, oil, on the loose, open the way, open up, orderless, out of, out of control, out of hand, out of line, out of plumb, out of square, out of true, overindulgent, overly permissive, overpermissive, paralogical, pave the way, permissive, perverted, plain, poky, prepare the way, procrastinating, profligate, promiscuous, quicken, ragged, raggedy, rambling, rampant, random, reasonless, reckless, reinless, relax, relaxed, release, released, remiss, remit, remove, remove friction, rickety, riotous, rough, roving, rubbery, ruinous, run interference for, runaway, sagging, sagging in folds, saggy, scamping, scatter, scot-free, scraggly, seedy, self-annulling, self-contradictory, self-refuting, senseless, separate, set free, shabby, shadowed forth, shadowy, shaky, shapeless, shoddy, shoot, simple, simplify, sit back, skimping, slack, slack off, slack up, slacken, slake, slapdash, slatternly, slighting, slipshod, sloppy, slovenly, slurring, sluttish, smooth, smooth the way, soap the ways, sociable, soft, solecistic, sordid, speed, spread about, squalid, started, stochastic, streaming, swag, sweeping, tacky, take it easy, take off, tattered, unaffected, unanchored, unassuming, unattached, unauthentic, unbar, unbend, unbind, unblock, unbolt, unbound, unbrace, unbridle, unbridled, unbuckle, unbutton, uncage, unceremonious, unchain, unchained, unchaste, unchecked, uncircumspect, unclasp, unclear, unclog, uncoerced, uncommitted, uncompelled, unconfined, unconnected, unconstrained, uncontrolled, unconventional, uncurbed, undefined, undestined, undetermined, undo, undone, unengaged, unfactual, unfasten, unfastened, unfetter, unfettered, unfixed, unforced, ungag, unglue, ungoverned, ungrammatic, unguarded, unhandcuff, unhobble, uninhibited, uninvolved, unjam, unkempt, unlace, unlash, unlatch, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosen, unmanacle, unmastered, unmeasured, unmoored, unmuzzle, unmuzzled, unneat, unofficial, unpen, unphilosophical, unpinion, unplain, unprecise, unreasonable, unreined, unrepressed, unreserved, unrestrained, unrestrictive, unrigorous, unruly, unscientific, unsecured, unshackle, unshackled, unsightly, unspecific, unspecified, unstick, unstrain, unstrap, unstring, unstuck, unstudied, unsubdued, unsuppressed, untether, untidy, untie, untied, untighten, untruss, unwary, unwatchful, unyoke, vague, veiled, vent, wandering, wanton, wayward, weak, weigh anchor, well out of, whorish, wild, without reason