Loosening
Loosen Loos"en (l[=oo]s"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Loosened} (l[=oo]s"'nd); 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. [1913 Webster]

After a year's rooting, then shaking doth the tree good by loosening of the earth. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To free from restraint; to set at liberty.. [1913 Webster]

It loosens his hands, and assists his understanding. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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