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Meaning of loss by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • loß ( obsolete )


    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"


    • ( UK ) IPA: /lɒs/
    • ( US ) IPA: /lɑs/, /lɔs/
    • Rhymes: -ɒs


    loss ( plural: losses )

    1. an instance of losing, such as a defeat
      The match ended in their first loss of the season .
    2. something that is lost
      It was written off as a loss .
    3. the hurtful condition of having lost something or someone
      We mourn his loss .
    4. ( plural: ) casualties, especially physically eliminated victims of violent conflict
      The battle was won, but losses were great .
    5. ( financial ) the sum an entity loses on balance
      The sum of expenditures and taxes minus total income is a loss, when this difference is positive .
    6. destruction, ruin
      It was a terrible crash: both cars were total losses
    7. ( engineering ) electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work
      The inefficiency of many old-fashioned power plants exceeds 60% loss before the subsequent losses during transport over the grid

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Explanation of loss by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of losing someone or something

    2. everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock
    3. the disadvantage that results from losing something

    4. his loss of credibility led to his resignation
    5. the experience of losing a loved one

    6. he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather
    7. euphemistic expressions for death

    8. military personnel lost by death or capture

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

    10. the company operated at a loss last year
    11. something that is lost

    12. the car was a total loss
      loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt
    13. gradual decline in amount or activity

    14. weight loss
      a serious loss of business

    Definition of loss by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Loss ( lŏs; 115 ), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. leísan to lose. √127. See Lose, v. t.]
      1. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, “the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.”

      Assured loss before the match be played. Shak.

      2. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.

      Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss. Shak

      3. That which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; -- opposed to gain or increase; as, “the loss of liquor by leakage was considerable”.

      4. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.

      5. Failure to gain or win; as, “loss of a race or battle”.

      6. Failure to use advantageously; as, “loss of time”.

      7. ( Mil. ) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.

      8. ( 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; as, “the losses of the company this year amount to a million of dollars”.

      To bear a loss, to make a loss good; also, to sustain a loss without sinking under it. -- To be at a loss, to be in a state of uncertainty.

      Syn. -- Privation; detriment; injury; damage.