- loß ( obsolete )
- ( UK ) IPA: /lɒs/
- ( US ) IPA: /lɑs/, /lɔs/
- Rhymes: -ɒs
- an instance of losing, such as a defeat
- something that is lost
- the hurtful condition of having lost something or someone
- ( plural: ) casualties, especially physically eliminated victims of violent conflict
- ( financial ) the sum an entity loses on balance
- destruction, ruin
- ( engineering ) electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work
- at a loss
- sols, Sols
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"
Explanation of loss by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
Definition of loss by GCIDE Dictionary