Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make loose; to free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness; to make less dense or compact;
loosena string, or a knot; to
loosena rock in the earth.
After a year’s rooting, then shaking doth the tree good by
looseningof the earth.
To free from restraint; to set at liberty..
loosenshis hands, and assists his understanding.
To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.
To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To free from tightness, tension, firmness or fixedness; as, to loosen a string when tied, or a knot; to loosen a joint; to loosen a rock in the earth.
2.To render less dense or compact; as, to loosen the earth about the roots of a tree.
3.To free from restraint.
It loosens his hands and assists his understanding.
4.To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase alvine discharges.
Fear looseneth the belly.