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.
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.