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Definitions of loss

  1. euphemistic expressions for death; " thousands mourned his passing"
  2. the disadvantage that results from losing something; " his loss of credibility led to his resignation"; " losing him is no great deprivation"
  3. gradual decline in amount or activity; " weight loss"; " a serious loss of business"
  4. the act of losing; " everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"
  5. the experience of losing a loved one; " he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather"
  6. military personnel lost by death or capture
  7. something that is lost; " the car was a total loss"; " loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"
  8. the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue; " the company operated at a loss last year"; " the company operated in the red last year"
  9. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.
  10. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.
  11. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
  12. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.
  13. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.
  14. Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. In life- insurance, a death claim.
  19. The act of losing: injury: destruction: defeat: that which is lost: waste.
  20. Privation; injury; defeat; waste.
  21. The act or state of losing; that which is lost; damage; failure; waste.
  22. 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.
  23. Deprivation; destruction; injury; failure; waste; leakage; that which is lost; at a loss, puzzled; perplexed.
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Quotes of loss

  1. When I handed over the names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union, I had come to the conclusion that the loss of these sources to the U. S. would not compromise significant national defense, political, diplomatic interests. – Aldrich Ames
  2. We continued to move forward without loss of time, hoping to be able to reach the wood described by the Indians before all our horses should become exhausted. – William Henry Ashley
  3. Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun. – Hilaire Belloc
  4. What loss feels he that wots not what he loses? – William Broome
  5. There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland that is worth the loss of a single British soldier or a single Irish citizen either. – James Callaghan
  6. I want to know how these very people who are against war because of loss of life can possibly be the same people who are for abortion? They are the same people who are for animal rights, but they are not for the rights of the unborn. – Jim Gibbons
  7. My view... would be that we are entering upon a new and interim society which is neither capitalist nor socialist, but in which we can achieve central planning without loss of individual initiative, by the mere process of absorbing initiative in the function of planning. – John Grierson
  8. At a certain age, death becomes familiar to you -or a loss becomes familiar -the tragedies that are more commonplace in life. – Jessica Lange
  9. A practical botanist will distinguish at the first glance the plant of the different quarters of the globe and yet will be at a loss to tell by what marks he detects them. – Carolus Linnaeus
  10. They which have no hope of a life to come, may extend their griefs for the loss of this, and equal the days of their mourning with the years of the life of man. – John Pearson
  11. The thing about hearing loss is that no one can see it. Most people are so impatient; they just assume that the person with hearing loss is being rude, or slow -witted. – Marion Ross
  12. The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters. – May Sarton
  13. No amount of skill on the part of the actress can make up for the loss of youth. – Ellen Terry

Usage examples for loss

  1. " That is my loss answered Hermas. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. She was at a loss to know what to do or say. – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  3. He was rather at a loss as to what his next move should be. – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  4. " Well, it's our loss I suppose, Mr Selmes," she answered. – Harley Greenoak's Charge by Bertram Mitford
  5. Mr. Hearty was at a loss – Adventures of Bindle by Herbert George Jenkins
  6. But I am at a loss what to do. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  7. 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
  8. You must eat to make up the loss – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  9. 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
  10. For a moment he was at a loss – The Inside of the Cup, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  11. Louie asked, at a loss what else to say. – The Story of Louie by Oliver Onions
  12. Just before you arrived at Lacville with poor Madame Wolsky, Fritz 'ad a 'eavy loss – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  13. 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
  14. Would he suffer much at her loss – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  15. It is, of course, a dead loss to that kind of a man. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  16. The Coroner was the only one who had not seemed at a loss – That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
  17. Daisy was at no loss to guess what it meant. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  18. He hoped to make up for the loss on the morrow. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  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. 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

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