adj. loos•er, loos•est, adv. v.
1) free or released from fastening or attachment:
a loose end[/ex]
2) not firmly fixed or attached:
a loose tooth; a loose board in a floor[/ex]
3) free from confinement or restraint; unfettered:
loose cats prowling around[/ex]
4) not bound together:
loose papers; to wear one's hair loose[/ex]
5) not put up in a package or other container:
loose mushrooms[/ex]
6) not fitting closely or tightly:
a loose sweater[/ex]
7) not firm, taut, or rigid:
loose skin; a loose rein[/ex]
8) relaxed or limber in nature:
to run with a loose, open stride[/ex]
9) not close or compact in structure or arrangement:
a loose weave[/ex]
10) imposing few restraints; allowing freedom for independent action:
a loose federation of city-states[/ex]
11) not strict, exact, or precise:
a loose translation[/ex]
12) available for disposal; not appropriated:
loose funds[/ex]
13) lacking in reticence or power of restraint:
a loose tongue[/ex]
14) (of the bowels) lax
15) cvb lacking moral restraint or integrity:
loose character[/ex]
16) sexually promiscuous or immoral
17) chem. uncombined, as a chemical element
18) in a loose manner; loosely (often used in combination):
19) to free from bonds or restraint
20) to release, as from constraint, obligation, or penalty
21) naut. navig. to set free from fastening or attachment:
to loose a boat from its moorings[/ex]
22) to unfasten, undo, or untie, as a bond or knot
23) to shoot; discharge; let fly:
to loose missiles at the invaders[/ex]
24) to make less tight; slacken
25) to let go a hold
26) naut. navig. to hoist anchor; get under way
27) to shoot or let fly an arrow, bullet, etc. (often fol. by off)
Etymology: 1175–1225; ME los, loos < ON lauss loose, free, empty, c. OE lēas; see -less loose′ly, adv. loose′ness, n.

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