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.

(Loose), n.

1. Freedom from restraint. [Obs.] Prior.

2. A letting go; discharge. B. Jonson.

To give a loose, to give freedom.

Vent all its griefs, and give a loose to sorrow.

(Loose) v. n. [imp. & p. p. Loosed (l&oomacst); 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.

Canst thou . . . loose the bands of Orion ?
Job. xxxviii. 31.

Ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her; loose them, and bring them unto me.
Matt. xxi. 2.

2. To release from anything obligatory or burdensome; to disengage; hence, to absolve; to remit.

Art thou loosed from a wife ? seek not a wife.
1 Cor. vii. 27.

Whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matt. xvi. 19.

3. To relax; to loosen; to make less strict.

The joints of his loins were loosed.
Dan. v. 6.

4. To solve; to interpret. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Loose), v. i. To set sail. [Obs.] Acts xiii. 13.

5. Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as, a loose style, or way of reasoning.

The comparison employed . . . must be considered rather as a loose analogy than as an exact scientific explanation.

6. Not strict in matters of morality; not rigid according to some standard of right.

The loose morality which he had learned.
Sir W. Scott.

7. Unconnected; rambling.

Vario spends whole mornings in running over loose and unconnected pages.
I. Watts.

8. Lax; not costive; having lax bowels. Locke.

9. Dissolute; unchaste; as, a loose man or woman.

Loose ladies in delight.

10. Containing or consisting of obscene or unchaste language; as, a loose epistle. Dryden.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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