- detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery.
- something that is lost: The painting was the greatest loss from the robbery.
- an amount or number lost: The loss of life increased each day.
- the state of being deprived of or of being without something that one has had: the loss of old friends.
- death, or the fact of being dead: to mourn the loss of a grandparent.
- the accidental or inadvertent losing of something dropped, misplaced, stolen, etc.: to discover the loss of a document.
- a losing by defeat; failure to win: the loss of a bet.
- failure to make good use of something, as time; waste.
- failure to preserve or maintain: loss of engine speed at high altitudes.
- destruction or ruin: the loss of a ship by fire.
- a thing or a number of related things that are lost or destroyed to some extent: Most buildings in the burned district were a total loss.
- Insurance. occurrence of an event, as death or damage of property, for which the insurer makes indemnity under the terms of a policy.
- Electricity. a measure of the power lost in a system, as by conversion to heat, expressed as a relation between power input and power output, as the ratio of or difference between the two quantities.
- at a loss,
- at less than cost; at a financial loss.
- in a state of bewilderment or uncertainty; puzzled; perplexed: We are completely at a loss for an answer to the problem.
Origin of loss
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Examples from the Web for loss
How do you celebrate when happy occasions are colored by loss and absence?
One topic that comes up among the members, she says, is dealing with loss years later.
To look at her in tears was to behold the enormity of her loss.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
One specific kind of emergency is at the heart of this, such as when an airplane suffers a loss of stability at night.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
Throughout all the stories of loss and pain with the Chief, there was barely a trace of emotion.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
She might die, and if he ever returned it would be to realize the loss he had sustained.Brave and Bold
Was it not over soon after the loss of the good grandmother?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I am glad you mentioned that word, because we should have been at a loss what to have called it.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The saddest part of loss, I think, is that one so soon gets over it.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Other millions began to fear the loss of their money and possessions.The Conquest of Fear
- the act or an instance of losing
- the disadvantage or deprivation resulting from losinga loss of reputation
- the person, thing, or amount losta large loss
- (plural) military personnel lost by death or capture
- (sometimes plural) the amount by which the costs of a business transaction or operation exceed its revenue
- a measure of the power lost in an electrical system expressed as the ratio of or difference between the input power and the output power
- an occurrence of something that has been insured against, thus giving rise to a claim by a policyholder
- the amount of the resulting claim
- at a loss
- uncertain what to do; bewildered
- rendered helpless (for lack of something)at a loss for words
- at less than the cost of buying, producing, or maintaining (something)the business ran at a loss for several years
Word Origin and History for loss
Old English los "loss, destruction," from Proto-Germanic *lausa- (see lose). The modern word, however, probably evolved 14c. with a weaker sense, from lost, the original past participle of lose. Phrase at a loss (1590s) originally refers to hounds losing the scent. To cut (one's) losses is from 1885, originally in finance.