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Webster 1913 Edition


Loosely

Loose′ly

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adv.
In a loose manner.

Webster 1828 Edition


Loosely

LOOSELY

,
adv.
loos'ly.
1.
Not fast; not firmly; that may be easily disengaged; as things loosely tied or connected.
2.
Without confinement.
Her golden locks for haste were loosely shed about her ears.
3.
Without union or connection.
Part loosely wing the region.
4.
Irregularly; not with the usual restraints.
A bishop living loosely, was charged that his conversation was not according to the apostle's lives.
5.
Negligently; carelessly; heedlessly; as a mind loosely employed.
6.
Meanly; slightly.
A prince should not be so loosely studied, as to remember so weak a composition.
7.
Wantonly; dissolutely; unchastely.

Definition 2020


loosely

loosely

English

Adverb

loosely (comparative more loosely, superlative most loosely)

  1. In a loose manner.
  2. Not tightly.
    Insert all the bolts loosely, then tighten them.
  3. Approximately.
    It's red, to use the term loosely, sort of brown and sort of orange, let's call it reddish.
  4. Used to indicate an imprecise use of words; short for loosely speaking
    A whale is, loosely, maybe very loosely, a fish.

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