• WordNet 3.6
    • n loosening the act of making something less tight
    • n loosening an occurrence of control or strength weakening "the relaxation of requirements","the loosening of his grip","the slackening of the wind"
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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.”


In literature:

In no way could I get it out, or so much as loosen it enough to speak.
"A Prince of Cornwall" by Charles W. Whistler
Simmonds was supporting her, and Godfrey, with frantic fingers, was loosening her robe at the throat.
"The Gloved Hand" by Burton E. Stevenson
Be sure and loosen the clothing around the child's neck.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Rufus continued heavily, fatefully, gathering force with every word, as a loosened rock beginning to roll down a mountain side.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
Has the world loosened my grasp upon Him?
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
Lay breast down, slit skin down backbone toward head; loosen windpipe and crop and pull out.
"The New Dr. Price Cookbook" by Anonymous
The strap was a very stout one, and the buckle such as only a man's fingers could loosen.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
He struggled fiercely for bare life, but he was powerless to loosen that awful, merciless pressure.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Simply loosen the cover a thread or two, push the rubber back into place and then tighten.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
Take half a dozen pigeons; stuff each one with a dressing the same as for turkey; loosen the joints with a knife, but do not separate them.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
One can ride here without loosening his sword.
"For The Admiral" by W.J. Marx
Loosen and brush off this feeble finger-grasp at the ancient threshold!
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
The saplings of oak in yonder green glade Shall loosen the snare by an enemy laid.
"A Celtic Psaltery" by Alfred Perceval Graves
Afterward adjust the roll in the camera and see that it is properly placed and will turn easily, before you loosen the end of the film.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Very gently he laid the girl on the grass, loosened her shirt at the throat, and removed her wet boots.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
In suppurative corns the loosened horn must be removed, so that the pus may freely escape.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
He loosened his grasp.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Crabbing consists of two operations, first the loosening process, then the setting process.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The Arab quietly loosened Melton's shirt and coat, and, washing the wound, wrapped bandages spread with some soft ointment round his body.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
The chief object in view is to loosen the hair and prepare for its mechanical removal.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett

In poetry:

It held you hiddenly on the Somme
Tied from my heart at home.
O must it loosen now? — I wish
You were bound with the old gyves.
"Girl To A Soldier On leave" by Isaac Rosenberg
The silver cord that bound his life
Is loosened; the aged form
Reposes now on his narrow bed,
With darkness, decay, and the worm.
"Decay" by Janet Hamilton
Both his heels in wrath are digging
Trenches in the grassy soil,
And his fingers clutch and loosen,
Dreaming of the Persian spoil.
"Abu Midjan" by Archibald Lampman
The wind is as iron that rings,
The foam-heads loosen and flee;
It swells and welters and swings,
The pulse of the tide of the sea.
"A Song in Time of Order. 1852" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
But the palace walls are shrunken,
And partly overthrown,
And the storms of war, in their violence,
Have loosened the corner-stone.
"King Cotton" by Horatio Alger Jr
There the open hand will lose not,
Nor the loosened tongue betray.
Signed, and with our sailing orders,
We will clear before the day;
"A Captain Of The Press Gang" by Bliss William Carman

In news:

Peru became one of the first to loosen those limits in recent years under President Alberto Fujimori, who shut down Congress in 1992.
NAPLES — Gov Rick Scott has set the stage for Florida's five water management districts to loosen their purse strings, just a year after Scott cinched them shut.
Rick Scott has set the stage for Florida's five water management districts to loosen their purse strings, just a year after Scott cinched them shut.
Summer Flounder Regs Loosened .
Atlanta Market finds vendors upbeat, buyers ' loosening up' at midyear.
Adams and others want to see the state loosen its policies to give credit to jurisdictions for development and housing now excluded from the fair-share tally.
Sunday morning liqour sales rules loosening .
DETROIT (AP) — Consumers with less-than-stellar credit are getting car loans again as lenders loosen their standards, and the trend is likely to continue as more lenders get into the business.
Nissan Recalling 540,000 Vehicles For Loosening Brakes.
A saxophone quartet—as tight as non-stars can be after 20 years of interaction— loosen up with a world-music jukebox concept.
Rova The Juke Box Suite Not Two A saxophone quartet—as tight as non-stars can be after 20 years of interaction— loosen up with a world-music jukebox concept.
He taught me how to loosen the straps to adjust the seat to accommodate an infant versus a toddler.
Security set to loosen its belt.
Giants need to loosen 'Belt' and add bat.
Although most of the aldermen support loosening the current standards, there must still be limits.

In science:

While exact numbers depend, of course, on the exact choice of cuts, tightening or loosening the cuts does not change one important feature: Matrices of the form of Eq. 5 always do better than neutrino mass anarchy, especially if r12 , α, β , γ and δ are small numbers.
Comment on: Neutrino Mass Anarchy
The requirement that environment at sites are iid can be loosened in various ways.
Random walks in random environment: What a single trajectory tells
Furthermore, if only for analytical results (i) and (ii) in the first paragraph of the right column on page 3, not for the numerical calculations, we may loosen the above approximation.
Reply to the comment on "Do intradot electron-electron interactions induce dephasing?"
Loosening the requirement to 10 days adds one high-redshift SN (SN 2001jp), and results in a shift along the Ω1 axis of +0.024 towards higher values of Ωm .
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
The Lunar Laser Ranging experiment puts the tightest constraints of any experiment on a Yukawa force, and the fact that it is loosened for extremely small values of ǫ is our most prominent result.
New Regions for a Chameleon to Hide
We also investigate the affects of using ‘ignorant’ priors by loosening the priors on t, the time since the beginning of the star formation, and τ , the characteristic time scale of the exponential star formation rate model.
The Sloan Lens ACS Survey. IX. Colors, Lensing and Stellar Masses of Early-type Galaxies
Also in our recent studies we have found out that is much more efficient and accurate to loosen up the originally applied very strict flatness criteria [40, 41].
Multicritical Points and Crossover Mediating the Strong Violation of Universality: Wang-Landau Determinations in the Random-Bond $d=2$ Blume-Capel model
While Proposition I.2 is already remarkable in its own right, log-concavity is a relatively strong assumption, and it would be advantageous to loosen it.
The entropy per coordinate of a random vector is highly constrained under convexity conditions
We furthermore have the following variant, which loosens the requirement on all subcubes of size r to be suitable.
Localization for random operators with non-monotone potentials with exponentially decaying correlations
Our approach has never loosened the bound of the error exponent, except for Gallager’s inequality (28).
Statistical mechanical analysis of a hierarchical random code ensemble in signal processing
These manipulations do not only loosen the bound of the error exponent but also obscure the origin of transitions of the error exponent.
Statistical mechanical analysis of a hierarchical random code ensemble in signal processing
Next, in section 4 we loosen up by computing the expected length and absolute length of a product of random reflections or simple reflections in the dihedral groups I2 (m).
Expected length of a product of random reflections
We will first consider a weakening of the definition by loosening a requirement on the skeleton.
On VC-minimal theories and variants
Similarily, the values at the origin do not have any influence if the index of the Bernoulli– process is too far from D ; this translates as slightly loosened boundaries in the last line.
A Stationary, Mixing and Perturbative Counterexample to the 0-1-law for Random Walk in Random Environment in Two Dimensions
As the wood of soundboard ages with vibrations due to frequent playing, the areas that move a lot in the nodal patterns loosen up and continually flexed while other areas of little movements get stiffer.
Music in Terms of Science