looseness


looseness
loose ADJECTIVE 1) not firmly or tightly fixed in place. 2) not held, tied, or packaged together. 3) not bound or tethered. 4) not fitting tightly or closely. 5) not dense or compact. 6) relaxed: her loose, easy stride. 7) careless and indiscreet: loose talk. 8) not strict; inexact. 9) dated promiscuous or immoral. 10) (of the ball in a game) in play but not in any player's possession.
VERB 1) unfasten or set free. 2) relax (one's grip). 3) (usu. loose off) discharge; fire.
hang (or stay) loose — Cf. ↑stay loose
on the loose — Cf. ↑on the loose
DERIVATIVES loosely adverb looseness noun.
USAGE The word loose is sometimes confused with lose; as a verb loose means ‘unfasten or set free’, while lose means ‘cease to have’ or ‘become unable to find’. It is therefore incorrect to say this would cause them to loose 20 percent , the correct version being … to lose 20 per cent.
ORIGIN Old Norse.

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