American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of losing: nine losses during the football season.
- n. One that is lost: wrote their flooded house off as a loss.
- n. The condition of being deprived or bereaved of something or someone: mourning their loss.
- n. The amount of something lost: selling at a 50 percent loss.
- n. The harm or suffering caused by losing or being lost.
- n. People lost in wartime; casualties.
- n. Destruction: The war caused incalculable loss.
- n. Electricity The power decrease caused by resistance in a circuit, circuit element, or device.
- n. The amount of a claim on an insurer by an insured.
- idiom. at a loss Below cost: sold the merchandise at a loss.
- idiom. at a loss Perplexed; puzzled: I am at a loss to understand those remarks.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Failure to hold, keep, or preserve what one has had in his possession; disappearance from possession, use, or knowledge; deprivation of that which one has had: as, the loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation; loss of children: opposed to gain.
- n. Specifically, death.
- n. Failure to gain or win: as, the loss of a prize or battle.
- n. That which is lost or forfeited; that which has been scattered or wasted: as, the loss by leakage amounted to 20 gallons; an insurance company's loss by a fire.
- n. Defeat; overthrow; ruin.
- n. Lack; want.
- n. The state of being at fault; the state of having lost the trail and scent of game.
- n. At such a price as to lose or incur loss.
- n. To sustain a loss with spirit or fortitude.
- n. Synonyms Loss, Detriment, Damage, Waste, Forfeiture, etc. Loss is the class word under which detriment, damage, waste, forfeiture, etc., are species. Loss, detriment, and damage apply to persons or things; waste and forfeiture only to things. As to detriment and damage, see injury. Waste is generally voluntary, although not always realized; sometimes it is only by neglect. Forfeiture is a loss through the law, as a penalty or as the result of neglect.
- n. See loess.
- n. an instance of losing, such as a defeat
- n. something that is lost
- n. the hurtful condition of having lost something or someone
- n. plural casualties, especially physically eliminated victims of violent conflict
- n. financial the sum an entity loses on balance
- n. destruction, ruin
- n. engineering electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation.
- n. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.
- n. That which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; -- opposed to
- n. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
- n. Failure to gain or win.
- n. Failure to use advantageously.
- n. (Mil.) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.
- n. (Insurance) Destruction or diminution of value, if brought about in a manner provided for in the insurance contract (as destruction by fire or wreck, damage by water or smoke), or the death or injury of an insured person; also, the sum paid or payable therefor.
- n. the act of losing someone or something
- n. the disadvantage that results from losing something
- n. something that is lost
- n. gradual decline in amount or activity
- n. the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue
- n. euphemistic expressions for death
- n. the experience of losing a loved one
- n. military personnel lost by death or capture
- Old English has los "loss, destruction," from a Proto-Germanic root *lausam- (see lose), but the modern word probably evolved in the 14th century from lost, the original past participle of lose, itself from Old English losian "be lost, perish," from los "destruction, loss", from a Proto-Germanic root *lausa (compare O.N. los "the breaking up of an army"), from Proto-Indo-Eeuopean base *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart, untie, separate" (Wiktionary)
- Middle English los, from Old English; see lose. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The loss of his time was the _master's loss_, and _not_ the servant's.”
“II. iv.90 (57,2) [But in the loss of question,] The _loss_ of question I do not well understand, and should rather read,”
“I shall count my country _lost_, in the loss of the primitive _principles_, and the primitive _practices_, upon which it was at first established: but certainly one good way to save that _loss_, would be to do something, that the memory of _the great things done for us by our God_, may not be _lost_, and that the story of the circumstances attending the _foundation_ and _formation_ of this country, and of its _preservation_ hitherto, may be impartially handed unto posterity.”
“ and finish with the exquisite close to the loss of Proserpine, the loss which cost Ceres all that pain”
“Captain Layman has served with me in three ships, and I am well acquainted with his bravery, zeal, judgment, and activity; _nor do I regret the loss of the Raven compared to the value of Captain Layman's services, which are a national loss_. [”
“The company said the loss is due to a combination of likely weak domestic business and a one-time loss from the withdrawal from its Cabin domestic clothing brand business, which posted a special loss of 3 billion yen.”
“The term loss leader is thrown about with regards supermarkets yet Wetherspoons gets not a mention for undercutting locals.”
“Following his title loss to former welterweight champion Matt Hughes, he came back to destroy Jens Pulver.”
“Mick Foley tells us that we won't see Sting for a while in the Impact zone after his title loss at the PPV.”
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