- (of a book, notebook, etc.) consisting of individual leaves held in a binder (loose-leaf binder), as by rings that open and close, in such a way as to allow their removal, return, or replacement without tearing.
- of or for use with a loose-leaf binder: loose-leaf paper.
Origin of loose-leaf
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for loose-leaf
I stocked up on reams of loose-leaf paper and dozens of mechanical pencils.Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?
October 5, 2008
A loose-leaf book is preferred by some people for inventories and accounts.Foods and Household Management
To enable the debater to use a loose-leaf system of note-taking.Standard Selections
Lem removed a slip from his loose-leaf book and tendered it to Bart.Bart Stirling's Road to Success
The rest of it sounded like something one reads at the foot of each page of a loose-leaf desk calendar.Fanny Herself
He sent Eleanor a handsome tooled-leather portfolio to hold his letters, which he wrote on loose-leaf sheets and mailed unfolded.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
- (of a binder, album, etc) capable of being opened to allow removal and addition of pages
- a serial publication published in loose leaves and kept in such a binder
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Word Origin and History for loose-leaf
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