Loosen

Definition of Loosen

Loos´en   Pronunciation: lŌs´'n
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.
[imp. & p. p. Loosened (lŌs"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Loosening.]
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.
v. i.1.To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact.

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