I scrambled toward the fence, loosing footing for an instant, then jumped to one of the rails halfway up.
The thistles were loosing their down and it floated on the wind like ethereal snow.
Then was he wroth, and, loosing from him his sledge, he ran after the squirrel.
The change that came over her then was the loosing of restraint.
Will you do me the favour of taking out the hairpins and loosing it?
Anson's horse, loosing the halter, plunged back, almost falling over a slight depression in the rocky ground.
A stranger would have imagined it the loosing of the hordes of hell.
I believe the loosing of the Tiger is going to bring that about.
That film will be arrested at the loosing of the first hook or button.
But once more, as with starting eyes Chris watched for the loosing of the shaft, there was a check in the proceedings.
early 13c., "not securely fixed;" c.1300, "unbound," from Old Norse lauss "loose, free, vacant, dissolute," cognate with Old English leas "devoid of, false, feigned, incorrect," from Proto-Germanic *lausaz (cf. Danish løs "loose, untied," Swedish lös "loose, movable, detached," Middle Dutch, German los "loose, free," Gothic laus "empty, vain"), from PIE *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart" (see lose). Meaning "not clinging, slack" is mid-15c. Meaning "not bundled" is late 15c. Sense of "unchaste, immoral" is recorded from late 15c. Meaning "at liberty, free from obligation" is 1550s. Sense of "rambling, disconnected" is from 1680s. Figurative sense of loose cannon was in use by 1896, probably from celebrated image in a popular story by Hugo:
You can reason with a bull dog, astonish a bull, fascinate a boa, frighten a tiger, soften a lion; no resource with such a monster as a loose cannon. You cannot kill it, it is dead; and at the same time it lives. It lives with a sinister life which comes from the infinite. It is moved by the ship, which is moved by the sea, which is moved by the wind. This exterminator is a plaything. [Victor Hugo, "Ninety Three"]Loose end in reference to something unfinished, undecided, unguarded is from 1540s; to be at loose ends is from 1807. Phrase on the loose "free, unrestrained" is from 1749 (upon the loose).
early 13c, "to set free," from loose (adj.). Meaning "to undo, untie, unfasten" is 14c. Related: Loosed; loosing.