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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : straightened out [syn: disentangled, unsnarled]