loss
noun Etymology: Middle English los, probably back-formation from lost, past participle of losen to lose Date: 13th century 1. destruction, ruin 2. a. the act of losing possession ; deprivation <
insured against loss or theft of property
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loss of sight
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b. the harm or privation resulting from loss or separation <
her death was a loss to the community
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c. an instance of losing 3. a person or thing or an amount that is lost: as a. plural killed, wounded, or captured soldiers b. the power diminution of a circuit or circuit element corresponding to conversion of electrical energy into heat by resistance 4. a. failure to gain, win, obtain, or utilize b. an amount by which the cost of something exceeds its selling price 5. decrease in amount, magnitude, or degree 6. the amount of an insured's financial detriment by death or damage that the insurer is liable for

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  • loss — n 1: physical, emotional, or esp. economic harm or damage sustained: as a: decrease in value, capital, or amount compare gain b: an amount by which the cost of something (as goods or services) exceeds the selling price compare …   Law dictionary

  • loss — is a generic and relative term. It signifies the act of losing or the thing lost; it is not a word of limited, hard and fast meaning and has been held synonymous with, or equivalent to, damage , damages , deprivation , detriment , injury , and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • loss — is a generic and relative term. It signifies the act of losing or the thing lost; it is not a word of limited, hard and fast meaning and has been held synonymous with, or equivalent to, damage , damages , deprivation , detriment , injury , and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • loss — W1S2 [lɔs US lo:s] n [: Old English; Origin: los destruction ] 1.) [U and C] the fact of no longer having something, or of having less of it than you used to have, or the process by which this happens loss of ▪ The court awarded Ms Dixon £7,000… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • loss — [ lɔs ] noun *** ▸ 1 no longer having something ▸ 2 having less than before ▸ 3 failure to win race etc. ▸ 4 money lost ▸ 5 death of someone ▸ 6 sadness from death/loss ▸ 7 disadvantage from loss ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count or uncount the state of not …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Loss — may refer to:*A negative difference between retail price and cost of production *An event in which the team or individual in question did not win. *Loss (baseball), a pitching statistic in baseball *Attenuation, a reduction in amplitude and… …   Wikipedia

  • Loss — (l[o^]s; 115), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. le[ o]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]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loss — [lôs, läs] n. [ME los < pp. of losen, lesen, to LOSE] 1. a losing or being lost 2. an instance of this 3. the damage, trouble, disadvantage, deprivation, etc. caused by losing something 4. the person, thing, or amount lost 5. any reduction,… …   English World dictionary

  • loss — (n.) O.E. los loss, destruction, from P.Gmc. *lausa (see LOSE (Cf. lose)). The modern word, however, probably evolved 14c. with a weaker sense, from lost, the original pp. of lose. Phrase at a loss (1590s) originally refers to hounds losing the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • loss — ► NOUN 1) the fact or process of losing something or someone. 2) the feeling of grief after losing a valued person or thing. 3) a person or thing that is badly missed when lost. 4) a defeat in sport. ● at a loss Cf. ↑at a loss …   English terms dictionary

  • løss — sb., en (en jordart), i sms. løss , fx løssaflejring …   Dansk ordbog

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