• WordNet 3.6
    • v damage inflict damage upon "The snow damaged the roof","She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
    • v damage suffer or be susceptible to damage "These fine china cups damage easily"
    • n damage the act of damaging something or someone
    • n damage any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
    • n damage loss of military equipment
    • n damage the occurrence of a change for the worse
    • n damage the amount of money needed to purchase something "the price of gasoline","he got his new car on excellent terms","how much is the damage?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore
    • Damage Injury or harm to person, property, or reputation; an inflicted loss of value; detriment; hurt; mischief. "He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet and drinketh damage .""Great errors and absurdities many commit for want of a friend to tell them of them, to the great damage both of their fame and fortune."
    • Damage (Law) The estimated reparation in money for detriment or injury sustained; a compensation, recompense, or satisfaction to one party, for a wrong or injury actually done to him by another.
    • v. t Damage To occasion damage to the soundness, goodness, or value of; to hurt; to injure; to impair. "He . . . came up to the English admiral and gave him a broadside, with which he killed many of his men and damaged the ship."
    • v. i Damage To receive damage or harm; to be injured or impaired in soundness or value; as, some colors in cloth damage in sunlight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Termites do more damage in the U.S. ever year than all the fires, storms and earthquakes combined. They do an average of $750 million in damage annually
    • n damage Harm; mischance; injury in general.
    • n damage Hurt or loss to person, character, or estate; injury to a person or thing by violence or wrongful treatment, or by adverse natural forces; deterioration of value or reputation.
    • n damage plural In law, the value in money of what is lost or withheld; the estimated money equivalent for detriment or injury sustained; that which is given or adjudged to repair a loss.
    • n damage Cost; expense.
    • n damage Synonyms Detriment, Harm, etc. (See injury.) Waste, etc. See loss.
    • damage To cause damage to; hurt; harm; injure; lessen the value or injure the interests or reputation of.
    • damage To receive damage or injury; be injured or impaired in soundness or value: as, a freshly cut crop will damage in a mow or stack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scientists have determined that having guilty feelings may actually damage your immune system
    • n Damage dam′āj hurt, injury, loss: the value of what is lost: :
    • v.t Damage to harm
    • v.i Damage to take injury
    • n Damage dam′āj (coll.) cost
    • n Damage dam′āj (pl.) the pecuniary reparation due for loss or injury sustained by one person through the fault or negligence of another
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  • George Sweeting
    George Sweeting
    “I lose my temper, but it's all over in a minute, said the student. So is the hydrogen bomb, I replied. But think of the damage it produces!”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Instead of asking -- How much damage will the work in question bring about? why not ask -- How much good? How much joy?”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Let's not burn the universities yet. After all, the damage they do might be worse.”
  • George Orwell
    “The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Be careful about lending a friend money. It may damage her memory.”


Collateral damage - Accidental or unintended damage or casualties are collateral damage.
What's the damage? - What's the damage? is a way of asking how much something costs.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. damage, domage, F. dommage, fr. assumed LL. damnaticum, from L. damnum, damage. See Damn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. damage (Fr. dommage)—L. damnum, loss.


In literature:

They must be very gently pushed in, or the border of the violin will be damaged.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
In their hasty journey they do much damage to the unprotected soil.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
They had a quantity of damaged flour to get rid of.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
Upon payment of said loss or damage the Manager shall be subrogated to all rights of the Actor therefor.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
But in all other cases where a ship is intentionally run on shore for the common safety, the consequent loss or damage shall be allowed as G.A.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The leaders they take fright at something, I do not know, and we 'mill' them before any damage is done.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
The damage done is inestimable.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
If the water supply should fail from any cause and the step-bearing blocks rub together, no great amount of damage will result.
"Steam Turbines" by Hubert E. Collins
Our ships were hit several times and sustained a certain amount of damage, but, luckily, not of a serious character.
"Under the Ensign of the Rising Sun" by Harry Collingwood
The subject of the second picture, which is much damaged, is not easy to be explained.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy

In poetry:

I would have thee understand
That our gods are sorely damaged
By thy sentiments.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
She spoke, and lo, her loveliness
Methought she damaged with her tongue;
And every sentence made it less,
All falsely rung.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
I thought that the heart made of stone,
That it’s fully empty and dead:
Though fire in it had been thrown,
It’s not damaged or just upset.
""I Thought That the Heart..."" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
This the Banker suggested, and offered for hire
(On moderate terms), or for sale,
Two excellent Policies, one Against Fire,
And one Against Damage From Hail.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Preserve us, Lord! from harm and ill success,
Mischance, miscarriage, misery, mishap,
Damage, disease, disaster, and distress,
Loss of the road, or any dang'rous scrape.
"The Traveller's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
They would no guess how early in
Their supine stationary voyage
The air would change to soundless damage,
Turn the old tenantry away;
How soon succeeding eyes begin
To look, not read. Rigidly they
"An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin

In news:

Jersey City, Bayonne tenants say landlord using storm damage as excuse to evict.
Major storm could demand, but infrastructure damage could spike prices.
Police are looking for a shooter or shooters in several incidents in which an occupied car and businesses were damaged by a BB gun.
About 1.5 billion of those dollars would go to restoring houses and apartments damaged by Sandy.
New Jersey's beaches have been spared the worst this year in terms of damage and beach erosion , but that may not be the case in just a few months.
The Buggle Up Beanbag from FatBoy: The Buggle Up bean bag from FatBoy is made from a tough material that is resistant to water or UV-ray damage.
Obama visits hurricane-damaged N.J. Hurricane Sandy felt in GTA.
Google street view A street view of St Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Palisades Park, including the statue that was damaged.
The break led to a massive shower of rocks and water, which caused damage to nearby cars, but some say it could have been a lot worse.
It turns out the artist behind the art work removed it after it was damaged early Saturday.
The bust has been recovered, but did suffer some damage, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer report.
(CYITC) Children were no doubt the primary victims of Harry Thomas Jr 's crimes, with diminished public trust as severe collateral damage.
Wildlife officers have charged a Cashiers man with killing a bear that he claimed was damaging his property, the second such case in Jackson County in less than a year.
Obama Gets A Bird's-Eye View Of Sandy's Damage.
Several potentially damaging emails could make things rough for Google if the patent infringement lawsuit Oracle has brought against Google is tried, particularly in front of a jury.

In science:

The basic reason for this improvement is that the restricted ACIS grade set rejects a significantly higher fraction of background events than source events (after correction for the radiation damage).
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
Domany, Damage spreading in Ising model, Phys.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Therefore the tails of p(x) play an important role in those problems, where rare but large fluctuations are of special interest, fo r example for temperature fluctuations in a nuclear reactor, whe re too big fluctuations may result in damage of the reactor.
Tails of probability density for sums of random independent variables
In SEGR total or partial damage of the dielectric gate material occurs due to an avalanche discharge.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
The presence after exposure of a pixel cell with a noise or threshold significantly different from the other ones is an indication of radiation damage localized only in those particular cells, possibly the occurance of SEGR of individual transistors.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV