loosening

Definitions of loosening
  1. noun
    the act of making something less tight
    synonyms: laxation
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    Antonyms:
    tightening
    the act of making something tighter
    types:
    undoing, unfastening, untying
    loosening the ties that fasten something
    type of:
    adjustment, alteration, modification
    the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
  2. noun
    an occurrence of control or strength weakening
    “the loosening of his grip”
    synonyms: relaxation, slackening
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    types:
    thaw
    a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile
    type of:
    weakening
    becoming weaker
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