- 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 losses
So do losses, such as the widespread legalization of same-sex marriage.The Christian Right’s New GOTV Motivator
November 7, 2014
The rest of the losses came in Romney red states, plus purple North Carolina (where Sen. Kay Hagan lost by only 1.7 percent).Obama: Lamest Duck Ever?
November 6, 2014
And my opinion is that each time we will see that, the losses will increase.Vilified Bitcoin Tycoon After Losing $500 Million: My Life Is at Risk
September 17, 2014
After the losses that left virtually no American family untouched, the outcome of the war remained uncertain.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
Their passion for turning their losses into service assured us the leap would be worth it.Motherless Daughters and Parentless Parents Trek to the Andes to Aid Orphans
August 21, 2014
These losses are doubtless irreparable so far as the stocks in question are concerned.
The losses in New York City alone were said to be fifty millions.
If he could have a bet on The Dutchman he would surely recoup his losses.Thoroughbreds
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It is to these circumstances that most of the losses were due.
The losses sustained by the Brigade were indisputably most severe.
- 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 losses
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.