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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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LOOSE, verb transitive loos. [Gr.; Heb.]

1. To untie or unbind; to free from any fastening.

Canst thou loose the bands of Orion? Job 38:31.

Ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her; loose them, and bring them to me. Matthew 21:2.

2. To relax.

The joints of his loins were loosed. Daniel 5:6.

3. To release from imprisonment; to liberate; to set at liberty.

The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed. Isaiah 51:14.

4. To free from obligation.

Art thou loosed from a wife? see not a wife. 1 Corinthians 7:27.

5. To free from any thing that binds or shackles; as a man loosed from lust and pelf.

6. To relieve; to free from any thing burdensome or afflictive.

Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. Acts 13:13.

7. To disengage; to detach; as, to loose one's hold.

8. To put off.

LOOSE thy shoe from off thy foot. Joshua 5:15.

9. To open.

Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? Revelation 5:2.

10. To remit; to absolve.

Whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19.

LOOSE, verb intransitive To set sail; to leave a port or harbor.

Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga, in Pamphylia. Acts 13:13.

LOOSE, adjective

1. Unbound; untied; unsewed; not fastened or confined; as the loose sheets of a book.

2. Not tight or close; as a loose garment.

3. Not crowded; not close or compact.

With horse and chariots rank'd in loose array.

4. Not dense, close or compact; as a cloth or fossil of loose texture.

5. Not close; not concise; lax; as a loose and diffuse style.

6. Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as a loose way of reasoning.

7. Not strict or rigid; as a loose observance of rites.

8. Unconnected; rambling; as a loose indigested play.

Vario spends whole mornings in running over loose and unconnected pages.

9. Of lax bowels.

10. Unengaged; not attached or enslaved.

Their prevailing principle is, to sit as loose from pleasures, and be as moderate in the use of them as they can.

11. Disengaged; free from obligation; with from or of.

Now I stand loose of my vow; but who knows Cato's thought? [Little used.]

12. Wanton; unrestrained in behavior; dissolute; unchaste; as a loose man or woman.

13. Containing unchaste language; as a loose epistle.

To break loose to escape from confinement; to gain liberty by violence.

To let loose to free from restraint or confinement; to set at liberty.

LOOSE, noun Freedom from restraint; liberty.

Come, give thy soul a loose

Vent all its griefs, and give a loose to sorrow.

We use this word only in the phrase, give a loose The following use of it, 'he runs with an unbounded loose ' is obsolete.