Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A financial loss in business.
  • n. The condition of showing a fiscal deficit: a firm drowning in red ink.

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  • n. A euphemism for financial loss.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue

Etymologies

From the use of red ink to record debits and losses in financial records.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Sinovel is no longer a customer of American Superconductor, which blamed the loss of the Chinese firm's business for the red ink it reported for its fiscal first quarter, which ended June 30.

    Chinese Turbine Firm Tied to Software Theft

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