Loos·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loosened p. pr. & vb. n. Loosening.]
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.
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.
adj : straightened out [syn: disentangled, unsnarled]