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Meaning of LOSS

Pronunciation:  los

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

LOSS is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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

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.

Computing Dictionary

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.

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