1. present participle of loosen#English|loosen

loosening (plural loosenings)

  1. The act of making something looser.
    • 2013, Michael Scott, Religious Language (page 169)
      Turning to metaphor, the loosenings involved in metaphorical interpretation tend not to be pure but to involve a change that results in the extension of the loosened concept overlapping with but not including all of the denotations of the pre-loosened concept.

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