What does Loose mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Loose.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. looseadjective

    not compact or dense in structure or arrangement

    "loose gravel"

  2. looseadjective

    (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player

    "a loose ball"

  3. looseadjective

    not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting

    "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose"

  4. informal, looseadjective

    not officially recognized or controlled

    "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers"

  5. free, loose, liberaladjective

    not literal

    "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"

  6. lax, looseadjective

    emptying easily or excessively

    "loose bowels"

  7. unaffixed, looseadjective

    not affixed

    "the stamp came loose"

  8. loose, slackadjective

    not tense or taut

    "the old man's skin hung loose and grey"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope"

  9. loose, openadjective

    (of textures) full of small openings or gaps

    "an open texture"; "a loose weave"

  10. idle, looseadjective

    lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

    "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"

  11. looseadjective

    not carefully arranged in a package

    "a box of loose nails"

  12. at large(p), escaped, loose, on the loose(p)adjective

    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"

  13. easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wantonverb

    casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

    "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"

  14. free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, looseverb

    grant freedom to; free from confinement

  15. unleash, let loose, looseverb

    turn loose or free from restraint

    "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"

  16. loosen, looseverb

    make loose or looser

    "loosen the tension on a rope"

  17. loosen, relax, looseadverb

    become loose or looser or less tight

    "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"

  18. loose, freeadverb

    without restraint

    "cows in India are running loose"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loose

    unbound; untied; unsewed; not attached, fastened, fixed, or confined; as, the loose sheets of a book

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  2. Loose

    free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty, habit, etc. ; -- with from or of

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  3. Loose

    not tight or close; as, a loose garment

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  4. Loose

    not dense, close, compact, or crowded; as, a cloth of loose texture

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  5. Loose

    not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as, a loose style, or way of reasoning

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  6. Loose

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

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  7. Loose

    unconnected; rambling

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  8. Loose

    lax; not costive; having lax bowels

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  9. Loose

    dissolute; unchaste; as, a loose man or woman

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  10. Loose

    containing or consisting of obscene or unchaste language; as, a loose epistle

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  11. Loosenoun

    freedom from restraint

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  12. Loosenoun

    a letting go; discharge

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  13. Looseadjective

    to untie or unbind; to free from any fastening; to remove the shackles or fastenings of; to set free; to relieve

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  14. Looseadjective

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

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  15. Looseadjective

    to relax; to loosen; to make less strict

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  16. Looseadjective

    to solve; to interpret

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

  17. Looseverb

    to set sail

    Etymology: [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. les false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. ls, Goth. laus, and E. lose. 127. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]

Freebase

  1. Loose

    Loose is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado. It was released in North America on 20 June 2006 by Geffen Records. Timbaland and his protégé Danja produced the bulk of the album, which incorporates influences of dance, R&B and hip hop. The album explores the theme of female sexuality and has been described as introspective or even sad in parts. The album received criticism because of the sexual image Furtado adopted for the recording, as some critics felt it was a ploy to sell more records. Further controversy rose over accusations of plagiarism on Timbaland's part when recordings were leaked onto YouTube. The record was seen generally as critically and commercially successful. It reached high positions on charts across the world, and according to an August 2009 press release, it had sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling album of 2006–07 and the twenty-second best-selling album of the 2000s. The album was heavily promoted, released in several editions and supported by the Get Loose Tour, which is the subject of the concert DVD Loose: The Concert. Eight singles were released from the album, including the US number-one singles "Promiscuous" and "Say It Right", which received Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, respectively. Other standout singles include the UK number-one single "Maneater" and the successful song "All Good Things".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Loose

    lōōs, adj. slack, free: unbound: not confined: not compact: indefinite: vague: not strict: unrestrained: lax in principle: licentious: inattentive.—adj. Loose′-bod′ied, flowing.—n. Loose′-kir′tle, a wanton.—adv. Loose′ly.—ns. Loos′ener, a laxative; Loose′ness, the state of being loose: diarrhœa.—Loose box, a part of a stable where horses are kept untied.—Break loose, to escape from confinement; Give a loose to, to give free vent to; Let loose, to set at liberty. [A.S. leás, loose; from the same root as loose (v.t.) and lose, seen also in Goth. laus, Ger. los; more prob. due to Ice. lauss.]

  2. Loose

    lōōs, v.t. to free from any fastening: to release: to relax: (Spens.) to solve.—v.i. (B.) to set sail.—v.t. Loos′en, to make loose: to relax anything tied or rigid: to make less dense; to open, as the bowels.—v.i. to become loose: to become less tight. [A.S. lósian; Ger. lösen, Goth. lausjan, to loose.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. loose

    Not close or compact. “With horse and chariots ranked in loose array.”

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Loose' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3754

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Loose' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3350

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Loose' in Adjectives Frequency: #490

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Loose in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Loose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Loose in a Sentence

  1. Tucker Carlson:

    I know it's hard, but why don't we have a right to know? If there's a rapist on the loose, if you don't tell anybody, if Bernie Madoff rips you off and you don't tell his other investors, you're part of the problem, are you not? What am I missing?

  2. Anders Lee:

    Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk, Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton also scored for Philadelphia, and Carter Hart made a career-high 49 saves. The Flyers won a third overtime game in a postseason series for the first time. Carter Hart kept us in this game, Giroux said. Carter Hart made some huge saves for us and I was pretty glad to see Provys shot go in there. Mathew Barzals and Derick Brassard each had a goal and an assist, and Anders Lee and Matt Martin also scored for New York, which trailed 2-0 midway through the first period before taking leads of 3-2 and 4-3. Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots. Its an unfortunate play there at the end, but it happens, Mathew Barzals said. Now its a winner-take-all Game 7. Game 7 is Saturday, with the winner advancing to face Tampa Bay in the conference finals Philadelphia had a chance on a flurry in front of The Islanders net early in the second overtime, but Semyon Varlamov stopped the puck and Pelech dove at the loose puck to keep it out with his stick and glove. After Pelech lost the puck on a shot attempt when his stick broke, The Flyers pushed it up the ice and Provorov got a pass from Kevin Hayes and beat Semyon Varlamov. I saw their defenseman broke his stick, Haysie was carrying the puck in and I knew he was going to try to make a play, Provorov said. He threw the puck up front, I got it and their forward was sliding into the lane so I shot it opposite side and tired to go top corner and got it there. Carter Hart had 38 saves in regulation. Carter Hart made several nice stops in the first extra period, including a save on Jordan Eberles backhand midway through. Our shots were there, our chances were there for sure.

  3. Ian Jepson:

    I’m not too sure if they are actually called sponge crabs, but we have always called them that, they seem to carve out a piece of sponge which is loose fitting on their backs. We only usually get one every year or two, but this summer we have had five already. I don't know if the increase is down to global warming, but I am now trying to find out how far they have spread.

  4. Mike Pence:

    Remember, it was Hillary Clinton who squandered the gains that were made at the close of our presence in Iraq, the failure in judgment that sent ISIS on the loose.

  5. Renee Howard:

    I just thought, ‘another damn cow is loose!'.

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  • فضفاضArabic
  • sypký, volný, uvolněnýCzech
  • lösen, lockern, ausschweifend, loslassen, locker, lose, entspannt, zügellos, indiskretGerman
  • soltar, libertino, indiscreto, liberar, golfo, promiscuo, relajado, suelto, flojo, desatar, desabrochar, aflojarSpanish
  • گشاد, سست, لقPersian
  • irrottaa, löysätä, rento, epäsiveellinen, irto, vapauttaa, avara, [[päästää]] [[irti]], ampua, löyhätapainen, löyhä, irtonainen, sulava, väljä, löysä, huolimaton, irtiFinnish
  • lâche, défaireFrench
  • scaoil, scaoilte, scaoilteach, scaoil amachIrish
  • sgaoilteScottish Gaelic
  • lazaHungarian
  • missa, sleppa, fyrirgjöraIcelandic
  • sciolto, disfare, sfusoItalian
  • מְשׁוּחרָרHebrew
  • ゆるむJapanese
  • 헐거운Korean
  • سووک, شلKurdish
  • tūtangatanga, tarau makere, tangatangaMāori
  • longgarMalay
  • mul, loslaten, lossen, ontspannen, verlossen, ruim, losmaken, losDutch
  • liberar, relaxado, libertar, largo, desembalado, afrouxar, soltar, indiscreto, solto, frouxo, promíscuo, desamarrar, atirarPortuguese
  • dezlegaRomanian
  • свободный, распутный, несдержанный, расслабленный, рыхлый, отвязывать, ослабить, ослаблять, развязывать, распущенный, неосторожный, расстёгивать, отпустить, неутрамбованный, неприкреплённый, освобождать, освободить, широкий, неупакованный, отвязать, развязанный, расстегнуть, непривязанный, развязать, отпускать, просторныйRussian
  • lösSwedish
  • గట్టిగా బిగించని, త్యజించు, అనుమతించు, గట్టిగా కట్టని, సరిపోని, నిదానింపజేయు, వదులు చేయు, వత్తిడి లేకుండా, కాల్చడం ఆరంభించుటTelugu
  • rộngVietnamese
  • פרייַYiddish
  • 疏鬆Chinese

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    an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
    • A. ostensive
    • B. bibulous
    • C. dicotyledonous
    • D. splay

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