loose-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: free (from restraint), let loose

Commentary: Includes: LOOSE OFF Syntax Is: NP1[agent] LOOSE NP2

Bush and his neocon allies have loosed the dogs of war.
My sons loosed the dogs from the slips.
German surface raiders loosed mines off South Australia.
The Germans had loosed the plague on the United States.
It was the pilots, not our boys, who loosed off their guns in the
lounge of the plane.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: loose.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
loose_off 1

Sense Number 2: (cause to) be loose

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] LOOSE NP2 NP1 LOOSE

Feltram loosed the rope and shoved the boat off.
The tree was bent down again and the noose loosed.

VerbNet: other_cos-45.4
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 4