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Definitions of loss

  1. euphemistic expressions for death; " thousands mourned his passing"
  2. gradual decline in amount or activity; " weight loss"; " a serious loss of business"
  3. the act of losing; " everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"
  4. the experience of losing a loved one; " he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather"
  5. military personnel lost by death or capture
  6. something that is lost; " the car was a total loss"; " loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"
  7. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.
  8. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.
  9. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
  10. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.
  11. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.
  12. Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Privation; injury; ruin; the state of having no longer; failure to keep or obtain; as, loss of wealth; defeat; as, loss of a battle; that which one ceases to have, through accident or misfortune; excess of outgo over income in a business; waste.
  16. In life- insurance, a death claim.
  17. The act of losing: injury: destruction: defeat: that which is lost: waste.
  18. Privation; injury; defeat; waste.
  19. The act or state of losing; that which is lost; damage; failure; waste.
  20. Failure to keep; privation; deprivation; failure to win; damage; ruin; defeat; waste. To bear a loss, to make good; to sustain a loss without sinking under it. To be at a loss, to be puzzled; to be unable to determine.
  21. Deprivation; destruction; injury; failure; waste; leakage; that which is lost; at a loss, puzzled; perplexed.
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Usage examples for loss

  1. It is, of course, a dead loss to that kind of a man. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  2. Daisy was at no loss to guess what it meant. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  3. You must eat to make up the loss. – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  4. Would he suffer much at her loss? – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  5. She was at a loss to know what to do or say. – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  6. I fear this will cause the loss of all my property and perhaps bring my husband into prison in your place." – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1619-23 by John Lothrop Motley
  7. " Well, it's our loss, I suppose, Mr Selmes," she answered. – Harley Greenoak's Charge by Bertram Mitford
  8. I could even, with the loss of my life, be content to have peace made at this time." – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  9. He was rather at a loss as to what his next move should be. – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  10. Louie asked, at a loss what else to say. – The Story of Louie by Oliver Onions
  11. Mr. Hearty was at a loss. – Adventures of Bindle by Herbert George Jenkins
  12. He hoped to make up for the loss on the morrow. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  13. Just before you arrived at Lacville with poor Madame Wolsky, Fritz 'ad a 'eavy loss! – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  14. " That is my loss," answered Hermas. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  15. The Coroner was the only one who had not seemed at a loss. – That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
  16. I was thinking of you and your sister; and I was at a loss how to act for the best. – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  17. But I am at a loss what to do. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  18. I am so short from the loss of that money that I can't pay Aunt Church for at least another week. – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  19. Her father had given her plainly to understand as much, and this she knew meant the loss of her fortune- the giving up of all for him. – When Dreams Come True by Ritter Brown
  20. For a moment he was at a loss. – The Inside of the Cup, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
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