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Definition of LOSS

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Loss \Loss\ (l[o^]s; 115), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. le['i]san to lose. [root]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. [1913 Webster]

              Assured loss before the match be played. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing. [1913 Webster]

              Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss.
                                                    --Shak [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     4. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel. [1913 Webster]

     5. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle. [1913 Webster]

     6. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Mil.) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     {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.
          [1913 Webster]

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


      Something (not a person) that loses; a situation in which something is losing. Emphatic forms include moby loss, and total loss, complete loss. Common interjections are ?What a loss!? and ?What a moby loss!? Note that moby loss is OK even though **moby loser is not used; applied to an abstract noun, moby is simply a magnifier, whereas when applied to a person it implies substance and has positive connotations. Compare {lossage}.

The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

94 Moby Thesaurus words for "loss":
     ablation, annihilation, attrition, bankruptcy, bereavement, breakage, breakdown, collapse, confusion, consumption, corrosion, crack-up, crippling, damage, death, decrement, defeat, deliquescence, demise, denial, depletion, deprivation, deprivement, destruction, detriment, devastation, dilapidation, diminution, disablement, disadvantage, disappearance, disappointment, dispossession, disrepair, dissipation, dissolution, divestment, downfall, drawback, drubbing, dying, encroachment, erosion, exhaustion, extermination, extinction, failure, forfeit, forfeiture, handicap, harm, havoc, hobbling, hurt, hurting, impairment, impoverishment, incapacitation, infringement, injury, inroad, liability, losing, losings, loss of ground, losses, maiming, mayhem, mischief, mislaying, misplacement, misplacing, mutilation, passing, prejudice, privation, reduction, ruin, ruination, ruinousness, sabotage, sacrifice, scathe, shrinkage, sickening, spoiling, squandering, step backward, trouncing, wastage, waste, wasting, weakening, wear and tear

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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