Meaning: in a relaxed manner; not rigid; "his hands lay loosely"
A broad leaf wrapped loosely round the lock of a gun, will protect it during a heavy shower.
If one spoke loosely of an ideal doctor, one would not necessarily mean a titled gentleman in Harley Street.
A primitive oven is scooped in the ground, and its bottom being loosely covered with stones, a large fire is kindled within it.
According to the researches of the best anthropologists, savages live in very loosely organized groups, with no permanent ruler, no regular family law.
With the gray gabardine drawn but loosely over his silken suit, so that he might, if need be, easily slip from it, Otto von Arkell boldly entered the inclosure.
The foliage is of the same peculiar gray-green color as that of the nut pine, and is worn about as loosely, so that the body of the tree is scarcely obscured by it.
Its walls were loosely constructed and had lately been plastered throughout with a rough plaster, which the dampness of the atmosphere had prevented from hardening.
When Judge Straight's visitors had departed, he took up the papers which had been laid loosely on the table as they were taken out of Tryon's breast-pocket, and commenced their perusal.
His alert eye caught sight of a rawhide rope staked to the water's brink, which led away toward a small round hut in the distance. The ground was trodden into a deep groove beneath the loosely drawn rawhide rope.
Most of the broad summit is comparatively level and thick sown with crystals, quartz, mica, hornblende, feldspar, granite, zircon, tourmaline, etc., weathered out and strewn closely and loosely as if they had been sown broadcast.