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Definition: To break loose
(l[=oo]s), a. [Compar. Looser
.] [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.
, and cf. Leasing
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.
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 ?
3. Not tight or close; as, a loose garment.
4. Not dense, close, compact, or crowded; as, a cloth of
With horse and chariots ranked in loose array.
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.
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
Fast and loose
. See under Fast
To break loose
. See under Break
. (Mach.) See Fast and loose pulleys
To let loose
, to free from restraint or confinement; to set
(br[=a]k), v. i.
1. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually
with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder.
2. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a
bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag.
Else the bottle break, and the wine runneth out.
3. To burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to
appear; to dawn.
The day begins to break, and night is fled. --Shak.
And from the turf a fountain broke,
and gurgled at our feet. --Wordsworth.
4. To burst forth violently, as a storm.
The clouds are still above; and, while I speak,
A second deluge o'er our head may break. --Dryden.
5. To open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the
clouds are breaking.
At length the darkness begins to break. --Macaulay.
6. To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose
health or strength.
See how the dean begins to break;
Poor gentleman! he droops apace. --Swift.
7. To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my
heart is breaking.
8. To fall in business; to become bankrupt.
He that puts all upon adventures doth oftentimes
break, and come to poverty. --Bacn.
9. To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait;
as, to break into a run or gallop.
10. To fail in musical quality; as, a singer's voice breaks
when it is strained beyond its compass and a tone or note
is not completed, but degenerates into an unmusical sound
instead. Also, to change in tone, as a boy's voice at
11. To fall out; to terminate friendship.
To break upon the score of danger or expense is to
be mean and narrow-spirited. --Collier.
Note: With prepositions or adverbs:
To break away
, to disengage one's self abruptly; to come or
go away against resistance.
Fear me not, man; I will not break away. --Shak.
To break down
(a) To come down by breaking; as, the coach broke down.
(b) To fail in any undertaking; to halt before successful
completion; as, the negotiations broke down due to
(c) To cease functioning or to malfunction; as, the car
broke down in the middle of the highway.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
He had broken down almost at the outset.
To break forth
, to issue; to come out suddenly, as sound,
light, etc. “Then shall thy light break forth as the
--Isa. lviii. 8;
Note: often with into in expressing or giving vent to one's
feelings. “Break forth into singing, ye mountains.”
--Isa. xliv. 23.
To break from
, to go away from abruptly.
This radiant from the circling crowd he broke.
To break into
, to enter by breaking; as, to break into a
To break in upon
, to enter or approach violently or
unexpectedly. “This, this is he; softly awhile; let us
not break in upon him.”
To break loose
(a) To extricate one's self forcibly. “Who would not,
finding way, break loose from hell?”
(b) To cast off restraint, as of morals or propriety.
To break off
(a) To become separated by rupture, or with suddenness
(b) To desist or cease suddenly. “Nay, forward, old man;
do not break off so.”
To break off from
, to desist from; to abandon, as a habit.
To break out
(a) To burst forth; to escape from restraint; to appear
suddenly, as a fire or an epidemic. “For in the
wilderness shall waters break out, and stream in the
--Isa. xxxv. 6
(b) To show itself in cutaneous eruptions; -- said of a
(c) To have a rash or eruption on the akin; -- said of a
To break over
, to overflow; to go beyond limits.
To break up
(a) To become separated into parts or fragments; as, the
ice break up in the rivers; the wreck will break up
in the next storm.
(b) To disperse. “The company breaks up.”
To break upon
, to discover itself suddenly to; to dawn
To break with
(a) To fall out; to sever one's relations with; to part
friendship. “It can not be the Volsces dare break
--Shak. “If she did not intend to marry
Clive, she should have broken with him altogether.”
(b) To come to an explanation; to enter into conference;
to speak. [Obs.] “I will break with her and with her