Loosen


Loosen
Loosen Loos"en (l[=oo]s"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Loosened} (l[=oo]s"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Loosening}.] [See {Loose}, v. t.] 1. To make loose; to free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness; to make less dense or compact; as, to loosen a string, or a knot; to loosen a rock in the earth. [1913 Webster]

After a year's rooting, then shaking doth the tree good by loosening of the earth. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To free from restraint; to set at liberty.. [1913 Webster]

It loosens his hands, and assists his understanding. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • loosen — (v.) late 14c., losnen, later lousen (early 15c.), from LOOSE (Cf. loose) (v.) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Loosened; loosening …   Etymology dictionary

  • loosen — loos|en [ˈlu:sən] v 1.) [I and T] to make something less tight or less firmly fastened, or to become less tight or less firmly fastened ≠ ↑tighten ▪ You ll need a spanner to loosen that bolt. ▪ The screws have loosened. ▪ Harry loosened his tie.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • loosen — [[t]lu͟ːs(ə)n[/t]] loosens, loosening, loosened 1) VERB If someone loosens restrictions or laws, for example, they make them less strict or severe. [V n] Many business groups have been pressing the Federal Reserve to loosen interest rates... [V… …   English dictionary

  • loosen — UK [ˈluːs(ə)n] / US [ˈlus(ə)n] verb Word forms loosen : present tense I/you/we/they loosen he/she/it loosens present participle loosening past tense loosened past participle loosened 1) [intransitive/transitive] to become or make something less… …   English dictionary


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