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loosen

(Ease up), verb abate, allay, alleviate, assuage, decrease tension, diminish, ease, ease off, extricate, free, lessen, let loose, let up, lighten, mitigate, moderate, palliate, reduce, relax, release, relieve, soften, soften up, weaken
Associated concepts: loosen a monopoly, loosen rules, loosen the law

loosen

(Release), verb cut loose, detach, disjoin, ease, free, let go, let loose, let up, loosen, relax, relieve tension, unbind, unbolt, unbridle, unbuckle, undo, unfasten, unfetter, unlatch, unlock, unloosen, unshackle, untie
See also: disencumber, disentangle, disenthrall, dissociate, ease, extricate, give, relax, remit, yield
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Here the focus will be on multi-bolted joints and the influence of clamped part on the loosening behavior of the bolts.
There is the possibility that Khamenehi will tighten the screws in a few areas where the rightwing clergy feels strongest, while loosening up in areas where they do not feel as strongly.
We present a case of a patient whose acetabular component loosening was secondary to a neoplastic process and not to a benign condition as it would be expected and thought.
For instance, some are specifying self locking fasteners in implants of the upper extremities that go way beyond 100,000 load cycles to withstand up to one million load cycles without loosening or backing out.
The latter was termed aseptic loosening because no organisms were isolated on culture, or frozen section at the time of revision surgery failed to reveal significant numbers of inflammatory white cells, and on histological examination large numbers of particles or wear debris with an inflammatory response are demonstrated.
15 days after insertion, loosening of crown in relation to 24 was clinically seen (Fig7).
The process of screwing up the working body into the estimated depth of loosening is based on the compatibility properties of frozen grounds.
Bulk solids handling specialists, Flexicon (Europe), have announced a new Sanitary Bulk Bag Conditioner for loosening bulk solids material that has compacted during storage and shipment, allowing discharge from bulk bag unloaders through the bag spouts.
The National Bank of Macedonia is ignoring Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's appeals for loosening up of the monetary policy.
There has been debate over the problems of artificial hip joints wearing out or loosening, but a new study that examined 51,345 hip replacement revisions suggests that when the procedure fails due to loosening or dislocation of the implant, or infection, the problem more often lies with surgical error or technique than with the implant.
The possible loosening of restrictions placed on research by the prior administration comes as Geron takes its place as the first biotech to move an embryonic stem cell treatment into human development.
The original nutplates on the forward side of the wing spar (MS21047) do not seem to adequately accept the stresses imposed on them and are likely the leading factor in the continual loosening of the casting.