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Definition of GAIN

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Gain \Gain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gained} (g[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gaining}.] [From gain, n. but. prob. influenced by F. gagner to earn, gain, OF. gaaignier to cultivate, OHG. weidin[=o]n, weidinen to pasture, hunt, fr. weida pasturage, G. weide, akin to Icel. vei[eth]r hunting, AS. w[=a][eth]u, cf. L. venari to hunt, E. venison. See {Gain}, n., profit.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To get, as profit or advantage; to obtain or acquire by effort or labor; as, to gain a good living. [1913 Webster]

              What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?         --Matt. xvi.
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              To gain dominion, or to keep it gained. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              For fame with toil we gain, but lose with ease.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     2. To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition; as, to gain a battle; to gain a case at law; to gain a prize. [1913 Webster]

     3. To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate. [1913 Webster]

              If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
                                                    --Matt. xviii.
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              To gratify the queen, and gained the court.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. To reach; to attain to; to arrive at; as, to gain the top of a mountain; to gain a good harbor. [1913 Webster]

              Forded Usk and gained the wood.       --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     5. To get, incur, or receive, as loss, harm, or damage. [Obs. or Ironical] [1913 Webster]

              Ye should . . . not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.       --Acts xxvii.
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     {Gained day}, the calendar day gained in sailing eastward around the earth.

     {To gain ground}, to make progress; to advance in any undertaking; to prevail; to acquire strength or extent.

     {To gain over}, to draw to one's party or interest; to win over.

     {To gain the wind} (Naut.), to reach the windward side of another ship.

     Syn: To obtain; acquire; get; procure; win; earn; attain; achieve.

     Usage: See {Obtain}. -- {To Gain}, {Win}. Gain implies only that we get something by exertion; win, that we do it in competition with others. A person gains knowledge, or gains a prize, simply by striving for it; he wins a victory, or wins a prize, by taking it in a struggle with others. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gain \Gain\, n. [Cf. W. gan a mortise.] (Arch.) A square or beveled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gain \Gain\, a. [OE. gein, gain, good, near, quick; cf. Icel. gegn ready, serviceable, and gegn, adv., against, opposite. Cf. {Ahain}.] Convenient; suitable; direct; near; handy; dexterous; easy; profitable; cheap; respectable. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gain \Gain\ (g[=a]n), n. [OE. gain, gein, ga[yogh]hen, gain, advantage, Icel. gagn; akin to Sw. gagn, Dan. gavn, cf. Goth. gageigan to gain. The word was prob. influenced by F. gain gain, OF. gaain. Cf. {Gain}, v. t.]
     1. That which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase, profit, advantage, or benefit; -- opposed to {loss}. [1913 Webster]

              But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.                      --Phil. iii.
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              Godliness with contentment is great gain. --1 Tim. vi. 6. [1913 Webster]

              Every one shall share in the gains.   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. The obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable possessions; acquisition; accumulation. "The lust of gain." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gain \Gain\, v. i.
     To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily. [1913 Webster]

           Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion.                               --Ezek. xxii.
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     {Gaining twist}, in rifled firearms, a twist of the grooves, which increases regularly from the breech to the muzzle.

     {To gain on} or {To gain upon}.
     (a) To encroach on; as, the ocean gains on the land. (b) To obtain influence with. (c) To win ground upon; to move faster than, as in a race or contest. (d) To get the better of; to have the advantage of. [1913 Webster]

               The English have not only gained upon the Venetians in the Levant, but have their cloth in Venice itself.                              --Addison. [1913 Webster]

               My good behavior had so far gained on the emperor, that I began to conceive hopes of liberty. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

GAIN
         Gator Advertising and Information Network


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

GAIN
         German Advanced Integrated Network (IBM)


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

348 Moby Thesaurus words for "gain":
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