loosening


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loos·en

 (lo͞o′sən)
v. loos·ened, loos·en·ing, loos·ens
v.tr.
1. To make looser or less tight: loosened his tie; loosened her grip on the rope.
2. To free from restraint, pressure, or strictness: loosened the requirements for graduation.
3. To free (the bowels) from constipation.
v.intr.
To become loose or looser: My shoelace has loosened.
Phrasal Verb:
loosen up
1. To do stretches or light exercise before a more strenuous activity.
2. To become less strict or tense, as in one's demeanor; relax: always loosened up after he got home.

[Middle English lousnen, losnen, from losen, from los, loose; see loose.]

loosening

(ˈluːsənɪŋ)
n
a relaxing of something: a loosening of monetary policy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loosening - an occurrence of control or strength weakeningloosening - an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip"; "the slackening of the wind"
weakening - becoming weaker
thaw - a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile; "the thaw between the United States and Russia has led to increased cooperation in world affairs"
2.loosening - the act of making something less tight
unfastening, untying, undoing - loosening the ties that fasten something; "the tying of bow ties is an art; the untying is easy"
modification, adjustment, alteration - the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
tightening - the act of making something tighter; "the tightening of economic controls"
Translations

loosening

[ˈluːsənɪŋ] n [controls, regulations] → relâchement m, assouplissement m
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With that he bent his good bow, and sent a shaft right through the breast of one of the men-at-arms, who, under De Bracy's direction, was loosening a fragment from one of the battlements to precipitate on the heads of Cedric and the Black Knight.
he concluded, loosening the hold which he had hitherto kept upon the Saxon's tunic.
Loosening this, he spread the noose upon the ground behind him, and with a quick movement of his wrist tossed the coils over one of the sharpened projections of the summit of the palisade.
This accomplished, he pried gently and carefully, loosening the jaws a bit at a time, while Matt, a bit at a time, extricated White Fang's mangled neck.
At the first sound of trampling hoofs and shouting, Petya lashed his horse and loosening his rein galloped forward, not heeding Denisov who shouted at him.
Typical failure modes of bolted joints include rotational loosening (self-loosening), non-rotational loosening (seating, load induced plasticity, thermal creep), corrosive failure, fatigue and rupture.
The approval at the upper house in the early hours of Saturday makes the legislation into law, loosening post-World War II constraints on use of force by the military to its own self-defense only.
Governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic said, 'The national bank has no plans for an easy and quick loosening of controls related to Greek-owned banks in Serbia, as pressures from that side have not subsided yet.
Loosening of terms for accepting security from Greek banks is expected to provide Athens with an incentive to stay under the supervision of international lenders rather than trying to go it alone, as it has recently toyed with the idea of quitting its financial aid programme earlier than scheduled.
29 ( ANI ): China has formally approved a loosening of the country's hugely controversial one-child policy.
He has made many noises of loosening up on foreign policy and accepting nuclear talks with Washington, although with no expectation of success.