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loosening

 [loo´sen-ing]
freeing from restraint or strictness.
loosening of associations in psychiatry, a disorder of thinking in which associations of ideas become so shortened, fragmented, and disturbed as to lack logical relationship.

loosening

/loo·sen·ing/ (loo´sen-ing) freeing from restraint or strictness.
loosening of associations  in psychiatry, a disorder of thinking in which associations of ideas become so shortened, fragmented, and disturbed as to lack logical relationship.

loosening

loosening

(loos′ĭn-ĭng)
1. Loss of linkage with or fixation to another structure.
2. In speech, loss of connection to the usual rules of grammar, diction, or reason.
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She had no knife and the bonds were tied tightly but she worked quickly and coolly and as Zu-tag and his apes closed with the warriors, she succeeded in loosening Tarzan's bonds sufficiently to permit him to extricate his own hands so that in another minute he had freed himself.
cried Gania; and, loosening his hold on Varia, he slapped the prince's face with all his force.
He felt with such delight the bonds which connected his immortal being with his perishable frame gradually loosening, that it seemed to him as if his spirit, freed from the trammels of the body, were hovering above it, like the expiring flame which rises from the half-extinguished embers.
And do you think, my excellent friend, that a musician when he adjusts the lyre would desire or claim to exceed or go beyond a musician in the tightening and loosening the strings?
exclaimed Pancks, loosening his hold of his hair; 'at me again, and again
New shingles over the hole in the roof, too, the hole that had for six months been the bane of his soul--he having no money to have it fixed and no time to fix it himself, and the rain leaking in, and overflowing the pots and pans he put to catch it, and flooding the attic and loosening the plaster.
It may have been a signal for loosening the general tongue.