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.

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