A thorough look at the meaning of "los", its various useful prefix verbs and the noun "das Los", and what a raffle token has to do with fate and parking lots.
los, lose, das Los, los sein, loslassen, losgehen,
The core idea of this root was:
And its main field of use originally was “kneading” clay to build a house.
The sense has broadened a lot in the verb to make, but the original sense is still visible in most of the other relatives.
- mass (originally: “unshaped lump of matter”)
- match (originally: “masses fitting well”)
- magma (originally: “thick dough like matter”)
- among (originally: “kneaded together”)