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Definition: Loose pulley
(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
, n.; pl. Pulleys
. [F. poulie, perhaps of
Teutonic origin (cf. Poll
, v. t.); but cf. OE. poleine,
polive, pulley, LL. polanus, and F. poulain, properly, a
colt, fr. L. pullus young animal, foal (cf. Pullet
). For the change of sense, cf. F. poutre beam,
originally, a filly, and E. easel.] (Mach.)
A wheel with a broad rim, or grooved rim, for transmitting
power from, or imparting power to, the different parts of
machinery, or for changing the direction of motion, by means
of a belt, cord, rope, or chain.
Note: The pulley, as one of the mechanical powers, consists,
in its simplest form, of a grooved wheel, called a
sheave, turning within a movable frame or block, by
means of a cord or rope attached at one end to a fixed
point. The force, acting on the free end of the rope,
is thus doubled, but can move the load through only
half the space traversed by itself. The rope may also
pass over a sheave in another block that is fixed. The
end of the rope may be fastened to the movable block,
instead of a fixed point, with an additional gain of
power, and using either one or two sheaves in the fixed
block. Other sheaves may be added, and the power
multiplied accordingly. Such an apparatus is called by
workmen a block and tackle
, or a fall and tackle
. A single fixed pulley gives no increase of
power, but serves simply for changing the direction of
, or Belt pulley
, a pulley with a broad face
for transmitting power between revolving shafts by means
of a belt, or for guiding a belt.
. See Cone pulley
, one of a pair of belt pulleys, each in the
shape of a truncated cone, for varying velocities.
, a pulley firmly attached upon a shaft.
, a pulley loose on a shaft, to interrupt the
transmission of motion in machinery. See Fast and loose pulleys
, under Fast
, a belt pulley made in semicircular halves,
which can be bolted together, to facilitate application
to, or removal from, a shaft.
. Same as Block
, n. 6.
(Arch.), the upright of the window frame into
which a pulley is fixed and along which the sash slides.
, a parting pulley.