• WordNet 3.6
    • n damages a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
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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


  • 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.


In literature:

This produces great damage.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
They found Dick and Fred walking around the machine trying to learn if any damage had been done.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
If not, they will stand extraordinary low temperatures with little or no damage.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
He did little damage, however, while the Confederate fire proved very effective against him.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Three or four years ago this Broadview suffered some winter damage by a split trunk and split lower branch.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Minturn Dam had burst two years before, and done much damage, but was now repaired.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
He sang while working in the garden repairing the damages done by the Fair Harbor hens.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Three enemy shells landed on the "Grigsby," causing no serious damage.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
There was no time, however, to be idle, and all hands set to work to repair damages.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Shouts of laughter bursting forth on all sides when any such mishap occurred, showed that there was little fear of damage.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
It became now absolutely necessary for the "Weymouth" to stand away from the enemy for a short time to repair damages.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
We can quit worrying about the damage itself and put our minds to finding out who did that damage.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
They've done their damage for to-night.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The mere puncture, even the repeated puncture, of the wings did no damage.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
The rebels open on General Gorman's picket line, without inflicting any damage.
"Diary of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery" by Theodore Reichardt
The remedy is by damages, decree of specific performance or injunction to prevent the breach.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Tentacles emerged from the side of the machine and felt puzzledly at the damaged area.
"Accidental Flight" by Floyd L. Wallace
How badly it had been damaged he did not know.
"Planet of the Gods" by Robert Moore Williams
In the campaign the Indians outgeneraled Harmar, who, after inflicting some damage, was defeated and lost 200 men in killed and wounded.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
Fires were seen blazing all round; only one man was killed here and very little damage done.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley

In poetry:

Cold electric music
Damage me
Rend my mind
w/your dark slumber
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
JURY. (shaking fists at Defendant)
Monster, monster, dread our fury—
There's the Judge, and we're the Jury!
Come! Substantial damages,
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Our loss was light," the paper said,
"Compared with damage to the Hun":
She was a widow, and she read
One name upon the list of dead
--Her son ---her only son.
"Light Loss" by John Le Gay Brereton
What seem'd then so right, brother,
Let no censure now,
No unkindly brow,
Damage in thy sight, brother;
Yesterday did what it could; Scorn not thou its humbler good!
"A Maxim Of Peace" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
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:

A mid-day attic fire causes around $25,000 in damages to a Westside Green Bay home.
Townhouse fire damages attic .
A home in Vancouver's Lincoln neighborhood was damaged by a fire tonight.
Vandals caused damage to 28 vehicles at the Upstate Chevrolet Dealership on Main Street in Attica overnight, according to the Attica Police Department.
Police say rocks were used to cause the damage to the vehicles, which is estimated at more than $50,000.
Police say that 28 new and used vehicles at the Upstate Chevrolet dealer in Attica were damaged sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.
Damage is estimated at over 50-thousand dollars.
Can a stuntperson injured during filming of a movie sue for damages.
Firefighters have gotten control of a fire that damaged a metal manufacturing company in Berks County.
I thought I only had to get the minimum coverage, which is PIP and property damage.
According to Florida law, if you own a motor vehicle with four or more wheels you must carry $10,000 of personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and a minimum of $10,000 of property damage liability insurance.
Unemployment hurts more than your wallet — it may damage your heart.
Damage to the vessel and other property damage totals more than $500.
Following a helicopter tour over New Jersey 's storm-damaged coastline, Vice President Joe Biden met with dozens of first responders in Seaside Heights and received a briefing on damaged caused by the storm.
As Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald and Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Fisher inspect the damage from last month's wildfire damage in Bastrop County, the magnitude of the devastation still hits home.

In science:

We can imagine a person with damaged striate cortex with perfect eyes; he will not see the image which his retina “sees”.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
We consider propagation models that describe the spreading of an attribute, called “damage”, through the nodes of a random network.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
Central to our approach is the observation that key aspects of damage spreading on a random network are fully characterized by a single function specifying the probability that a given node will be damaged as a function of the fraction of damaged nodes.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
In analyzing spreading processes, one is often interested in the transition between those that die out quickly and those that spread to a finite fraction of the system in the large-system limit, a transition that may occur as the probability of transmitting damage across links is varied.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
This percolation transition is relevant for systems in which the fraction of initially damaged nodes tends to zero in the limit of infinite system size.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
The ep transition occurs only for propagation models in which the probability of a node remaining undamaged is zero when all of its neighbors are damaged (all of its inputs in the case of a directed graph).
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
For any loop there is a finite probability that no member of the loop will be damaged, since no member of the loop can have all of its inputs damaged until one of the members becomes damaged through a probabilistic event.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
Provided that the Boolean rule distribution is symmetric with respect to inversion of any subset of inputs, the set of frozen nodes can be identified through an uba in which frozen inputs cause new nodes to become frozen (damaged).
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
Order independence: the probability of having a given set of nodes damaged at the end of the process does not depend upon the order in which nodes are chosen for updating.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
To determine the avalanche size distribution in site percolation, for example, one identifies an initial subset of damaged sites and then tests neighbors of damaged sites to see whether the damage spreads to them.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
The process is iterated until no new damaged sites are generated.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
This method of investigating site percolation is equivalent to assigning all sites a value, then beginning with a damaged site and determining all of the damaged sites in a connected cluster.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
We are particularly interested in ubas that are initiated by damage at a set of nodes comprising a nonzero fraction of the total number of nodes.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
Such a process would be relevant, for example, if the probability that any given node is damaged at the start is independent of the system size.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
Define a spreading process as follows: The initial condition is that all nodes with no inputs are considered damaged.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks