2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Looseness \Loose"ness\, noun The state, condition, or quality, of being loose; as, the looseness of a cord; looseness of style; looseness of morals or of principles.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor [syn: {diarrhea}, {diarrhoea}, {looseness of the bowels}, {looseness}]

2: freedom from restraint; "the flexibility and looseness of the materials from which mythology is made"

3: a lack of strict accuracy; laxity of practice; "misunderstandings can often be traced to a looseness of expression"

4: the quality of movability by virtue of being free from attachment or other restraints [ant: {fastness}, {fixedness}, {fixity}, {fixture}, {secureness}]

5: movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel" [syn: {looseness}, {play}] [ant: {tautness}, {tightness}]

6: dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure [syn: {profligacy}, {dissipation}, {dissolution}, {licentiousness}, {looseness}]

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