looseness


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to looseness: Looseness of Association

loose

 (lo͞os)
adj. loos·er, loos·est
1. Not fastened, restrained, or contained: loose bricks.
2. Not taut, fixed, or rigid: a loose anchor line; a loose chair leg.
3. Free from confinement or imprisonment; unfettered: criminals loose in the neighborhood; dogs that are loose on the streets.
4. Not tight-fitting or tightly fitted: loose shoes.
5. Not bound, bundled, stapled, or gathered together: loose papers.
6. Not compact or dense in arrangement or structure: loose gravel.
7. Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; idle: loose talk.
8. Not formal; relaxed: a loose atmosphere at the club.
9. Lacking conventional moral restraint in sexual behavior.
10. Not literal or exact: a loose translation.
11. Characterized by a free movement of fluids in the body: a loose cough; loose bowels.
adv.
In a loose manner.
tr.v. loosed, loos·ing, loos·es
1. To let loose; release: loosed the dogs.
2. To make loose; undo: loosed his belt.
3. To cast loose; detach: hikers loosing their packs at camp.
4. To let fly; discharge: loosed an arrow.
5. To release pressure or obligation from; absolve: loosed her from the responsibility.
6. To make less strict; relax: a leader's strong authority that was loosed by easy times.
Idiom:
on the loose
1. At large; free.
2. Acting in an uninhibited fashion.

[Middle English louse, los, from Old Norse lauss; see leu- in Indo-European roots.]

loose′ly adv.
loose′ness n.
Synonyms: loose, lax, slack1
These adjectives mean not tautly bound, held, or fastened: loose reins; a lax rope; slack sails.
Antonym: tight

Looseness

 
  1. (Muscle) lax as a broken shade —Diane Ackerman
  2. (Face) lax as a wax work —Daniel Berrigan
  3. (The gear worked) loose as a hound’s shoulder —Elizabeth Spencer
  4. Loose as a gossip’s tongue —Anon
  5. Loose as ashes —Anon
  6. Loose as eggs in a nest —Walter Savage Landor
  7. Loose as windblown sand —Mark Helprin
  8. Slack as a toad —Barbara Howes
  9. Sprawled … lax as a drowned man —George Garrett
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.looseness - frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor
dysentery - an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
the shits, the trots - obscene terms for diarrhea
Montezuma's revenge - diarrhea contracted in Mexico or Central America
2.looseness - freedom from restraint; "the flexibility and looseness of the materials from which mythology is made"
unrestraint - the quality of lacking restraint
3.looseness - a lack of strict accuracy; laxity of practice; "misunderstandings can often be traced to a looseness of expression"
inaccuracy - the quality of being inaccurate and having errors
4.looseness - the quality of movability by virtue of being free from attachment or other restraints
movability, movableness - the quality of being movable; capable of being moved or rearranged
fixity, fastness, fixedness, secureness, fixture - the quality of being fixed in place as by some firm attachment
5.looseness - movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel"
movability, movableness - the quality of being movable; capable of being moved or rearranged
wiggliness - a jerky back and forth kind of mobility; "he walked with the wiggliness of a child on high heels"
slackness, slack - the quality of being loose (not taut); "he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope"
tautness, tightness - lack of movement or room for movement
6.looseness - dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
intemperateness, self-indulgence, intemperance - excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence; "the intemperance of their language"
Translations
عَدَم إحكام الرباط
uvolněnost
løshed
lausleiki, los
gevşeklik

looseness

[ˈluːsnɪs] N
1. (gen) [of bandage, tie] → lo flojo; [of clothes] → holgura f, amplitud f; [of soil] → lo suelto
looseness of the bowels (Med) → diarrea f
2. (= imprecision) [of meaning, expression] → imprecisión f; [of translation] → lo aproximado
3. (= immorality) [of behaviour, morals] → lo disoluto

looseness

nLockerheit f; (of clothes)Weite f; (of thinking)Ungenauigkeit f; (of translation)Freiheit f; looseness of the bowelszu rege Darmtätigkeit; the looseness of her conductihr loses or unmoralisches Benehmen; the looseness of the book’s structuredie lockere Struktur des Buches

looseness

[ˈluːsnɪs] n (of knot, screw) → lentezza; (of rope) → scarsa tensione f; (of clothes) → ampiezza; (of translation) → approssimazione f; (of behaviour) → dissipazione f, dissolutezza

loose

(luːs) adjective
1. not tight; not firmly stretched. a loose coat; This belt is loose.
2. not firmly fixed. This button is loose.
3. not tied; free. The horses are loose in the field.
4. not packed; not in a packet. loose biscuits.
ˈloosely adverb
ˈlooseness noun
ˈloosen verb
1. to make or become loose. She loosened the string; The screw had loosened and fallen out.
2. to relax (eg a hold). He loosened his grip.
ˌloose-ˈleaf adjective
(of a notebook etc) made so that pages can easily be added or removed.
break loose
to escape. The prisoner broke loose.
let loose
to free from control. The circus trainer has let the lions loose.

a loose (not lose) screw.
References in classic literature ?
In a word, as the whole relation is carefully garbled of all the levity and looseness that was in it, so it all applied, and with the utmost care, to virtuous and religious uses.
He had asked himself whether a trap of that sort might not be easily set in a country notorious for the looseness of its marriage laws--if a man only knew how?
The first thing I would recommend him, would be to look to good name rather than to wealth, for a good woman does not win a good name merely by being good, but by letting it he seen that she is so, and open looseness and freedom do much more damage to a woman's honour than secret depravity.
interrupted Porthos, one of whose faults was a great looseness of tongue.
He would never go far along that road again; but a man likes to assure himself, and men of pleasure generally, what he could do in the way of mischief if he chose, and that if he abstains from making himself ill, or beggaring himself, or talking with the utmost looseness which the narrow limits of human capacity will allow, it is not because he is a spooney.
Then he had to talk, to hear what was said to him and what was said back and forth, and to answer, when it was necessary, with a tongue prone to looseness of speech that required a constant curb.
It is to the looseness of the marriage tie that the late rapid decrease of the population of the Sandwich Islands and of Tahiti is in part to be ascribed.
There was something subtly wrong with the face, some coarseness of expression, some hardness, perhaps, of eye, some looseness of lip which marred its perfect beauty.
Writing generally as a man of affairs, for practical ends, he makes no attempt at elegance and is informal even to the appearance of looseness of expression.
One solid stationary point in the looseness of this gentleman's character was, that he respected and admired his sister Amy.
It made me uneasy that at such a time when he most required some right principle and purpose he should have this captivating looseness and putting-off of everything, this airy dispensing with all principle and purpose, at his elbow.
org/help-and-advice/factsheets/vaginal-dryness, vaginal dryness and looseness can affect any woman, however after the menopause it is very common, affecting over half of post-menopausal women aged between 51 and 60.