Definitions for: Loss


[n] the act of losing; "everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"
[n] the disadvantage that results from losing something; "his loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him is no great deprivation"
[n] the experience of losing a loved one; "he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather"
[n] euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
[n] military personnel lost by death or capture
[n] the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue; "the company operated at a loss last year"
[n] something that is lost; "the car was a total loss"; "loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"
[n] gradual decline in amount or activity; "weight loss"; "a serious loss of business"



Webster (1913) Definition: Loss, n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. le['o]san to lose. ?.
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.

Synonyms: departure, deprivation, exit, expiration, going, passing, personnel casualty, release

Antonyms: gain

See Also: amount, amount of money, capitulation, casualty, combat injury, death, decease, decline, diminution, disadvantage, epilation, experience, failure, fall, financial loss, forfeit, forfeiture, injury, reducing, sacrifice, sacrifice, sum, sum of money, surrender, transferred possession, transferred property, wastage, wound

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