• WordNet 3.6
    • v loosen become loose or looser or less tight "The noose loosened","the rope relaxed"
    • v loosen make loose or looser "loosen the tension on a rope"
    • v loosen make less dense "loosen the soil"
    • v loosen cause to become loose "undo the shoelace","untie the knot","loosen the necktie"
    • v loosen disentangle and raise the fibers of "tease wool"
    • v loosen become less severe or strict "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
    • v loosen make less severe or strict "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Producer Paul Maslansky was on the set of The Right Stuff when a bus from the local police academy rolled up. After a bunch of freaks walked off, a sergeant explained that the mayor had forced the department to loosen its acceptance standards. Not too long afterwards, Police Academy hit the theaters.
    • v. i Loosen To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact.
    • Loosen To free from restraint; to set at liberty.. "It loosens his hands, and assists his understanding."
    • Loosen To make loose; to free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness; to make less dense or compact; as, to loosen a string, or a knot; to loosen a rock in the earth. "After a year's rooting, then shaking doth the tree good by loosening of the earth."
    • Loosen To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • loosen To make loose; free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness: as, to loosen a knot; to loosen a joint; to loosen a rock in the earth.
    • loosen To render less dense or compact: as, to loosen the soil about the roots of a plant.
    • loosen To let loose; free from restraint or confinement.
    • loosen To become loose; become less tight, firm, or compact.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Loosen to make loose: to relax anything tied or rigid: to make less dense; to open, as the bowels
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  • Kahlil Gibran
    “You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?”
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    “It s not just enough to swing at the ball. You've got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Loose (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lósian; Ger. lösen, Goth. lausjan, to loose.


In literature:

Having these data, we loosen the clamp, and allow the liquid to flow.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 561, October 2, 1886" by Various
It was Alexander who first loosened handclasp.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
It was the vice-president himself, writing from Chicago, who authorized the new departure and loosened the purse strings.
"The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush" by Francis Lynde
Wait for me while I loosen it.
"Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works" by Kåalidåasa
After fourth day give large, soft, well-scalded bran mash to loosen bowels freely.
"Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry" by Pratt Food Co.
His tongue loosened while Tomaso ate and praised Johnny's cookery with the innate flattery of his race.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
Gently loosening the soil with the sharpened stick will hasten this work.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
The young man went straight to the stove and began loosening the collar of his heavy mackinaw.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
First the solid loosens up and becomes a liquid, then this breaks bonds and becomes a gas.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
I saw you when ye loosened the ear o' John Callyhan.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
He tried to wriggle around so as to get at the loop, in the hope that he might loosen the same; but all his efforts were wasted.
"The Banner Boy Scouts" by George A. Warren
To serve: Loosen the pastry from the sides of the pan, place a large platter over the pie and invert.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Malati, pretending to feed the creature, loosened the fastening, and it instantly bounded away.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Dab loosened the reins a little, but could not use his whip.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, October 1878, No. 12" by Various
This may sound like a very easy way of acquiring trees, but it sometimes takes an hour to loosen a sturdy pine of four feet.
"The Garden, You, and I" by Mabel Osgood Wright
She loosened this ribbon, and shook her hair quite loose.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Rheumatism is my trouble, but these mild days loosen its grip upon my poor old muscles.
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
The prop creaked, finally became loosened, and fell.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Loosen those lugs, while I get the spare tire off the back.
"The Cross-Cut" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
The fall, too, loosened the man's strangle hold though he still remained on top.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett

In poetry:

Next week! Be warned! Here, in my sleeve
Are certain things mysterious.
It they be loosened, by my leave. . . .
Aha! It will be serious!
"The Dictator" by C J Dennis
From the earth's loosened mould
The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives;
Though stricken to the heart with winter's cold,
The drooping tree revives.
"Earlier Poems : An April Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"I cannot look on thee, and think
That thou has ceased to hold me dear;
I cannot break the loosened link:
When thou, my only one, art near,
How can I shrink?
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
You will be mine; those lightly dancing feet,
Falling as softly on the careless street
As the wind-loosened petals of a flower,
Will bring you here, at the Appointed Hour.
"The Temple Dancing Girl" by Laurence Hope
I have seen grey showers move towards the waves
raising their tender riddle arms,
to avoid being caught by lying stone
which loosens their limbs without soaking their blood.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca
Its shaded avenues were wide,
And closely bordered either side
With cottages or mansions,
Or marked by blocks of masonry
That might defy a century
To loosen from their stanchions.
"Mysterious" by Hattie Howard

In news:

STUART — Downtown visitors soon might be doing less whining and more wining with their dining, under a proposed loosening of the city's alcohol code.
The food is good and plentiful, the drink — maybe a cheap-but-not-bad wine or a steady stream of harder stuff — loosens everyone up.
It's that time of year again - when a lot of us loosen our belts and prepare for an overindulgence of comfort foods and sweet treats.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Chrysler says it's recalling Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks from the 2009-2010 model year because a lack of adhesive may cause the rear axle pinion nut to loosen.
) Loosen Rusty Bolts and Screws.
Countrywide Financial Corp. Is accused of loosening its standards for making loans more.
Saxby Chambliss this week became the latest Republican lawmaker to loosen his ties to Grover Norquist, the anti-tax lobbyist famous for getting elected officials to sign a "taxpayer protection pledge.".
Now we're just trying to break up the blood in there and loosen it up and get ready.
Announced that the EPA would loosen restrictions on "good Samaritans" looking to clean up abandoned hard-rock mines throughout the West.
European Regulators Suggest Loosening Ban, but Pilots Ask for More Research.
Created by Kano Laboratories, Silikroil is an enhanced lubricant that loosens frozen metal parts and delivers silicone-enhanced lubrication that keep parts moving.
Recent changes on the state level represent a growing shift toward loosening state gun regulations.
Rain Doesn't Loosen Tight Hay Prospects.
Obama to loosen education law, cites flaws.
House gives first OK to loosen child labor law.

In science:

The main point of this paper is that future data can become good enough to loosen the assumptions on the shape and still produce very tight constraints.
Next-generation test of cosmic inflation
From here it is seen the effect of ”loosening of mode packing” in momentum space.
The Dynamic Quantization of Gravity and the Cosmological Constant Problem
To solve the problem of ”loosening of mode packing” in momentum space one must solve quantum kinetic equation for state density in momentum space.
The Dynamic Quantization of Gravity and the Cosmological Constant Problem
Hence, we first loosen the upper bound on the achievable rates given in (47), and then re-derive [10, Theorem 4] as a consequence of this looser version.
On Achievable Rates and Complexity of LDPC Codes for Parallel Channels with Application to Puncturing
These inequalities can also be used as entanglement witnesses when the measurement conditions are loosen.
Bell-type inequalities for cold heteronuclear molecules
Evidence for pre-melting surface loosening of lead clusters embedded in a silicon monoxide matrix.
Electron Thermal Microscopy
The next steps proceed by cleaning hits used in the previous iteration and by progressively loosening track quality criteria, thus increasing the tracking efficiency without noticeably changing the fake rate.
A Global Event Description using Particle Flow with the CMS Detector
The QCD multijet background was modeled using data with somewhat loosened lepton requirements.
Diboson Measurements at the Tevatron
I set the spindependent cross sections to zero, a restriction I will loosen in future work. I use toy models for a set of directdetection experiments with data sets in 2015 and 2020.
Getting the astrophysics and particle physics of dark matter out of next-generation direct detection experiments
The general conclusions reached by Gray et al. (1999) about this object are unchanged by the smaller ∆PA from our new data but the distance constraints are somewhat loosened so that the object could be almost anywhere along the 2.2 kpc line of sight to W5.
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
In addition, we would like this new notion of distance to apply usefully to all multiplicative functions, rather than just completely multiplicative functions, which necessitates considering the values at higher prime powers, and we would also like to loosen the restrictions on the size of f (n) and g (n).
Pretentiously detecting power cancellation
RVs whose length is reduced by 22.2% as compared to the loosened bound which follows from Azuma’s inequality.
On Concentration and Revisited Large Deviations Analysis of Binary Hypothesis Testing
Some of them loosen if one drops the DM requirement and considers the νMSM as a theory of baryogenesis and neutrino oscillations only in scenario III.
Dark Matter, Baryogenesis and Neutrino Oscillations from Right Handed Neutrinos
This was studied by tightening and loosening the cuts in both the data and Monte Carlo and studying the effect on Reµ .
Search for nu(mu)-->nu(e) Oscillations in the NOMAD Experiment
The WA80 collaboration at CERN first reported and discussed their yields as absolute measurements, but were later forced to loosen the constraints somewhat and suggest upper limits only.
Electromagnetic radiation from relativistic nuclear collisions