[loo-suh n] /ˈlu sən/
verb (used with object)
to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter.
to make less tight; slacken or relax:
to loosen one’s grasp.
to make less firmly fixed in place:
to loosen a tooth.
to let loose or set free from bonds, restraint, or constraint.
to make less close or compact in structure or arrangement.
to make less dense or coherent:
to loosen the soil in a garden.
to relax in strictness or severity, as restraint or discipline:
to loosen restrictions on trade.
to relieve (the bowels) of their constipated condition.
verb (used without object)
to become loose or looser (sometimes followed by up):
His hold loosened. Your shoes will loosen up with wear.
to make or become less tight, fixed, etc
(often foll by up) to make or become less firm, compact, or rigid
(transitive) to untie
(transitive) to let loose; set free
(often foll by up) to make or become less strict, severe, etc
(transitive) to rid or relieve (the bowels) of constipation
late 14c., losnen, later lousen (early 15c.), from loose (v.) + -en (1). Related: Loosened; loosening.
- Loosening of association
loosening of association loos·en·ing of association (lōō’sə-nĭng) n. A manifestation of a severe thought disorder characterized by the lack of an obvious connection between one thought or phrase and the next.
noun, Psychiatry. 1. a type of formal thought disorder characterized by shifts from one topic to another in ways that are obliquely related or completely unrelated, occurring as a common symptom of mania and schizophrenia.
- Loose order
noun 1. (military) a formation in which soldiers, units, etc, are widely separated from each other
[loos] /lus/ adjective, looser, loosest. 1. free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end. 2. free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night. 3. uncombined, as a chemical element. 4. not bound together: to wear one’s hair loose. 5. not put up in a package […]