(etyl) , whence also (m), (m), via Ancient Greek.
To let loose, to free from restraints.
* Bible, Matthew xxi. 2
To unfasten, to loosen.
To make less tight, to loosen.
Of a grip or hold, to let go.
(archery) to shoot (an arrow)
(obsolete) To set sail.
* 1611 :
- Ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her; loose them, and bring them unto me.
(obsolete) To solve; to interpret.
- Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.
* (let loose) free, release
* (unfasten) loosen, unbind, undo, unfasten, untie
* (make less tight) loosen, relax, slacken
* (of grip or hold) let go, release
* (archery) fire, shoot
* (let loose) bind, constrain
* (unfasten) bind, fasten, tie
* (make less tight) tighten
* (of grip or hold) tighten
* (archery) fast
Not fixed in place tightly or firmly.
Not held or packaged together.
- This wheelbarrow has a loose wheel.
Not under control.
- You can buy apples in a pack, but they are cheaper loose .
- The dog is loose again.
Not fitting closely
- Now I stand / Loose of my vow; but who knows Cato's thoughts?
- I wear loose clothes when it is hot.
- It is difficult walking on loose gravel.
- a cloth of loose texture
- with horse and chariots ranked in loose array
Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate.
- She danced with a loose flowing movement.
- a loose way of reasoning
- The comparison employed must be considered rather as a loose analogy than as an exact scientific explanation.
(dated) Free from moral restraint; immoral, unchaste.
* 1819 , Lord Byron, Don Juan , I:
- Loose talk costs lives.
- In all these he was much and deeply read; / But not a page of any thing that's loose , / Or hints continuation of the species, / Was ever suffer'd, lest he should grow vicious.
* Sir Walter Scott
- loose ladies in delight
(not comparable, sports) Not being in the possession of any competing team during a game.
- the loose morality which he had learned
- He caught an elbow going after a loose ball.
- The puck was momentarily loose right in front of the net.
, date=September 28
, author=Tom Rostance
, title=Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Tomas Rosicky released the left-back with a fine pass but his low cross was cut out by Ivan Marcano. However the Brazilian was able to collect the loose
ball, cut inside and roll a right-footed effort past Franco Costanzo at his near post.}}
(dated) Not costive; having lax bowels.
- (John Locke)
* (not fixed in place tightly or firmly)
* (not held or packaged together) separate, unpackaged
* (not bound or tethered or leashed) free, untethered
* (not fitting closely) baggy
* (not compact)
* (relaxed) loose-limbed, relaxed
* (indiscreet) indiscreet
* (promiscuous) polygamous, promiscuous, slutty, tarty, whorish
* (not fixed in place tightly or firmly)
* (not held or packaged together) packaged
* (not bound or tethered or leashed) bound, leashed, tethered, tied, tied up
* (not fitting closely) close-fitting, snug, tight
* (not compact) compact, firm
* (relaxed) tense, tensed
* (indiscreet) discreet
* (promiscuous) faithful, monogamous
* break loose
* cast loose
* cut loose
* hang loose
* let loose
* loose coupling
* loose lip
* on the loose
* stay loose
* turn loose
(archery) The release of an arrow.
(obsolete) A state of laxity or indulgence; unrestrained freedom, abandonment.
* 2011 , Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/15210221.stm]
Freedom from restraint.
- The defeat will leave manager Martin Johnson under pressure after his gamble of pairing Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood at 10 and 12 failed to ignite the England back line, while his forwards were repeatedly second best at the set-piece and in the loose .
A letting go; discharge.
- Vent all its griefs, and give a loose to sorrow.
- (Ben Jonson)
* give a loose
(archery) begin shooting; release your arrows
- I'm going to loose this game.
A small parasitic wingless insect of the order Phthiraptera .
(colloquial, dated, not usually used in plural form) A contemptible person; one who has recently taken an action considered deceitful or indirectly harmful.
* (insect) (North America) cootie
* (contemptible person) maggot, worm
* body louse
* crab louse
* head louse
* pubic louse
* sea louse
* three skips of a louse
To remove lice from the body of a person or animal; to delouse.