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    Loose \Loose\ (l[=oo]s), a. [Compar. {Looser} (l[=oo]s"[~e]r);
    superl. {Loosest}.] [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin
    to OD. loos, D. los, AS. le['a]s false, deceitful, G. los,
    loose, Dan. & Sw. l["o]s, Goth. laus, and E. lose. [root]127.
    See {Lose}, and cf. {Leasing} falsehood.]
    1. Unbound; untied; unsewed; not attached, fastened, fixed,
    or confined; as, the loose sheets of a book.

    Her hair, nor loose, nor tied in formal plat.
    --Shak.

    2. Free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty,
    habit, etc.; -- with from or of.

    Now I stand
    Loose of my vow; but who knows Cato's thoughts ?
    --Addison.

    3. Not tight or close; as, a loose garment.

    4. Not dense, close, compact, or crowded; as, a cloth of
    loose texture.

    With horse and chariots ranked in loose array.
    --Milton.

    5. Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as, a loose
    style, or way of reasoning.

    The comparison employed . . . must be considered
    rather as a loose analogy than as an exact
    scientific explanation. --Whewel.

    6. Not strict in matters of morality; not rigid according to
    some standard of right.

    The loose morality which he had learned. --Sir W.
    Scott.

    7. Unconnected; rambling.

    Vario spends whole mornings in running over loose
    and unconnected pages. --I. Watts.

    8. Lax; not costive; having lax bowels. --Locke.

    9. Dissolute; unchaste; as, a loose man or woman.

    Loose ladies in delight. --Spenser.

    10. Containing or consisting of obscene or unchaste language;
    as, a loose epistle. --Dryden.

    {At loose ends}, not in order; in confusion; carelessly
    managed.

    {Fast and loose}. See under {Fast}.

    {To break loose}. See under {Break}.

    {Loose pulley}. (Mach.) See {Fast and loose pulleys}, under
    {Fast}.

    {To let loose}, to free from restraint or confinement; to set
    at liberty.

    1. He has called on countries such as France and Belgium to take advantage of the looser ERM arrangements to cut interest rates and promote economic recovery. In Brussels, the Commission is pinning its hopes on the European Monetary Institute.
    2. Martha Seger, the lone Fed member to push a looser policy at the central bank's May meeting, apparently agrees.
    3. It operated on a looser leash from Moscow, established more trade with Western Europe, and built a reputation with Western banks.
    4. Shipowners register under "flags of convenience" of Panama, Liberia and Cyprus to take advantage of cheaper taxes and fees and looser safety rules and labor laws.
    5. That's a looser standard than the one specified in the law.
    6. And extroverts who consider someone a friend after a few business meetings or a few months on the job are taking today's looser social-kissing norms into the corporate world.
    7. Today's decrease was widely expected by most economists due to continuing signs that the Federal Reserve is seeking looser credit policies in response to a slowdown in economic growth.
    8. It will have looser links with organised labour and much else will have changed from 1979 - the last time Labour held office.
    9. Faced with a splintering empire, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is proposing to counter secessionist drives by transforming the Soviet Union into a looser federation of sovereign states, officials say.
    10. These groups are looser than the old family "zaibatsus" that dominated the Japanese economy before World War II, but they bear certain similarities.
    11. Big Board market makers, meanwhile, think that looser regulations in the first trading session could make it a popular place for corporations buying back their stock in the open market.
    12. The recession is thus changing its character rather than melting away. Fed policy-makers, after much internal debate, nevertheless continue to resist calls for a looser monetary policy.
    13. Unless the Fed acts more aggressively, US monetary policy is likely to remain considerably looser than that in competitor countries. Politics is also playing a part.
    14. Those with looser caps like Anglian will see turnover grow and, if costs are controlled, profits will also rise. But the higher capital expenditure will also push up interest costs substantially.
    15. Its compactness makes it an ideal edging plant. Much looser in effect, but still a fine flowering plant, is a new variety of oenothera speciosa called Innocence.
    16. Canadian labor unions, like their U.S. counterparts, warn that companies will shift their operations to Mexico to take advantage of Mexico's lower wages and looser environmental laws.
    17. East German doctors are prohibited from performing abortions on foreigners except in cases of emergency, but pregnant West German women are already crossing the border, hoping to take advantage of the looser law.
    18. While Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's liberalization has led to looser Soviet control over allies, there is no indication the Communists are ready to relinquish their hold on power in the Kremlin.
    19. The faction that currently advocates looser proof hopes for membership growth under the new historian general.
    20. They are all looser and less binding than a traditional full-time employee-employer relationship.
    21. Late last year, to avoid the need for a huge infusion of taxpayer money, Congress voted to allow the system to use a second set of books under looser accounting methods.
    22. Encouraged by the looser regulations, Britain's Virgin Atlantic Group intends to open several compact-disk and cassette-tape stores in a joint venture with Marui Co., a major Japanese retailer.
    23. A looser monetary policy would lead to lower U.S. interest rates, which would tend to curb dollar demand by making returns on dollar-denominated investments less rewarding than foreign alternatives.
    24. In his testimony yesterday, Col. North appeared to describe looser reins on the tightly controlled operating style he has said he followed in the White House, stating he was sometimes guided by a rule that "unless otherwise directed, I will proceed."
    25. Center-right parties ousted the ruling Communists in those republics and now are pushing for Yugoslavia to be reconstituted as a looser confederacy.
    26. Both countries have been on the forefront of changes sweeping Eastern Europe, the result of failing economies under communism and of Moscow's looser grip.
    27. There is a perception in the markets that sluggish economic activity eventually will lead to looser credit policies by both commercial banks and the Federal Reserve, the U.S. central bank.
    28. The Kremlin agreement is essentially a looser version of an accord worked out by Mr. Gorbachev and nine republics last April.
    29. Since joining the Fed in 1986, Mr. Johnson has tended to favor looser monetary policies than the majority of his colleagues.
    30. Edward Yingling, executive director of government relations for the American Bankers Association, said expanding the FDIC's control over S&Ls would ensure that S&L standards did not become looser than bank standards.
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