What does loose mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loose(adj)

    not compact or dense in structure or arrangement

    "loose gravel"

  2. loose(adj)

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

    "a loose ball"

  3. loose(adj)

    not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting

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

  4. informal, loose(adj)

    not officially recognized or controlled

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

  5. free, loose, liberal(adj)

    not literal

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

  6. lax, loose(adj)

    emptying easily or excessively

    "loose bowels"

  7. unaffixed, loose(adj)

    not affixed

    "the stamp came loose"

  8. loose, slack(adj)

    not tense or taut

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

  9. loose, open(adj)

    (of textures) full of small openings or gaps

    "an open texture"; "a loose weave"

  10. idle, loose(adj)

    lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

    "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"

  11. loose(adj)

    not carefully arranged in a package

    "a box of loose nails"

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

    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, wanton(verb)

    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, loose(verb)

    grant freedom to; free from confinement

  15. unleash, let loose, loose(verb)

    turn loose or free from restraint

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

  16. loosen, loose(verb)

    make loose or looser

    "loosen the tension on a rope"

  17. loosen, relax, loose(adverb)

    become loose or looser or less tight

    "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"

  18. loose, free(adverb)

    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. Loose(noun)

    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. Loose(noun)

    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. Loose(adj)

    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. Loose(adj)

    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. Loose(adj)

    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. Loose(adj)

    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. Loose(verb)

    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. Gavin Munro:

    The process that we go through to make a chair nowadays, the way we've been doing, is almost ludicrous. We grow these trees for sixty years before they're worth cutting down, and then we make them into smaller and smaller bits, only to stick them back together again in ways that can only ever come loose over time. And all the energy and all the driving around of all these bits and all the things that you need to make... why do all of that?

  2. Maurice Wynn:

    Sports headphones are popular because they’re useful and versatile, they’re typically designed to stay in the ear and not shake loose, a lot of them claim to be moisture-resistant, and many of the ones we’ve rated have very good sound. There’s nothing preventing you from using them when you’re not working out.

  3. Cynthia Martin:

    The only thing that is scary is when you're driving and a bee gets loose.

  4. David Segre:

    It was really scary, it was like a gear had let loose and it was slowly picking up speed going the wrong way.

  5. Gaspare Valenti:

    Those were the games, man. That's when money was loose, i gave the kid a thousand-dollar tip that night.

Images & Illustrations of loose

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Translations for 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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