Loos"en (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loosened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Loosening.] [See Loose, v. t.]

1.

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. Bacon.

2.

To free from restraint; to set at liberty..

It loosens his hands, and assists his understanding. Dryden.

3.

To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.

Bacon.

 

© Webster 1913.


Loos"en, v. i.

To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact.

S. Sharp.

 

© Webster 1913.

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