lost

Definitions

  • In 1870 he lost an arm
    In 1870 he lost an arm
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lost not caught with the senses or the mind "words lost in the din"
    • adj lost unable to function; without help
    • adj lost no longer in your possession or control; unable to be found or recovered "a lost child","lost friends","his lost book","lost opportunities"
    • adj lost spiritually or physically doomed or destroyed "lost souls","a lost generation","a lost ship","the lost platoon"
    • adj lost not gained or won "a lost battle","a lost prize"
    • adj lost having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity "I frequently find myself disoriented when I come up out of the subway","the anesthetic left her completely disoriented"
    • adj lost perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment "obviously bemused by his questions","bewildered and confused","a cloudy and confounded philosopher","just a mixed-up kid","she felt lost on the first day of school"
    • adj lost incapable of being recovered or regained "his lost honor"
    • adj lost deeply absorbed in thought "as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class","lost in thought","a preoccupied frown"
    • n lost people who are destined to die soon "the agony of the doomed was in his voice"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mrs. Binks who has lost control of her machine Mrs. Binks who has lost control of her machine
They lost every book they had, owin' to a axident on their journey They lost every book they had, owin' to a axident on their journey
Milton Dictating Paradise Lost Milton Dictating Paradise Lost
THE LOST PIECE OF MONEY THE LOST PIECE OF MONEY
THE DOG WHO LOST HIS MASTER. VOL. XVII.—NO. 5 THE DOG WHO LOST HIS MASTER. VOL. XVII.—NO. 5
Tom Thumb told her they were poor children who had lost their road Tom Thumb told her they were poor children who had lost their road
He lost himself in a lonely valley He lost himself in a lonely valley
"Thou canst only be my long lost son Elkanan!" "Thou canst only be my long lost son Elkanan!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds.
    • Lost Hardened beyond sensibility or recovery; alienated; insensible; as, lost to shame; lost to all sense of honor.
    • Lost Having wandered from, or unable to find, the way; bewildered; perplexed; as, a child lost in the woods; a stranger lost in London.
    • Lost Not employed or enjoyed; thrown away; employed ineffectually; wasted; squandered; as, a lost day; a lost opportunity or benefit.
    • Lost Not perceptible to the senses; no longer visible; as, an island lost in a fog; a person lost in a crowd.
    • Lost Occupied with, or under the influence of, something, so as to be insensible of external things; as, to be lost in thought.
    • Lost Parted with unwillingly or unintentionally; not to be found; missing; as, a lost book or sheep.
    • Lost Parted with; no longer held or possessed; as, a lost limb; lost honor.
    • Lost Ruined or destroyed, either physically or morally; past help or hope; as, a ship lost at sea; a woman lost to virtue; a lost soul.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour about 1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.
    • n lost See lose.
    • lost Parted with unwillingly or by misadventure; not to be found; no longer held or possessed; no longer kept in knowledge or remembrance: as, a lost book; a lost limb; a lost fortune.
    • lost Not won or gained; missed: as, a lost prize; a lost chance.
    • lost Not employed or enjoyed; not effectually or profitably used; misspent; wasted: as, a lost day; a lost opportunity.
    • lost Ruined; destroyed; consumed or wasted away, whether physically or morally: as, lost health; lost honor.
    • lost Spiritually ruined; abandoned morally; in theology, finally shut out from salvation or eternal life; damned: as, a lost soul.
    • lost Bewildered; absent-minded; absorbed: as, he looked about in a lost way.
    • lost Synonyms Missing.
    • lost Shattered; overthrown; downfallen; depraved, abandoned, reprobate, profligate, incorrigible, shameless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, "Paradise Lost."
    • adj Lost parted with: no longer possessed: missing: thrown away: squandered: ruined
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Quotations

  • Count Leo Tolstoy
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    “We lost because we told ourselves we lost.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “You cannot be lost on a road that is straight.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Opportunities are never lost; they are taken by others.”
  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “No one was ever lost on a straight road.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Poetry is what is lost in translation.”

Idioms

A lost ball in the high weeds - A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something.
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He who hesitates is lost - If one waits too long, the opportunity vanishes.
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No love lost - If there is no love lost between two people they have a strong enmity towards or hate for the other and make no effort to conceal it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prop. p. p. of OE. losien,. See Lose (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. losianleósan; cog. with Ger. ver-lieren, to lose.

Usage

In literature:

Many more were lost in their hurried flight; some were wrecked on the coast of Scotland, and others on the Shetland and Orkney Islands.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Still it must not be said that James was quite lost to all sense of what was right.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Certainly the white man's eyes had lost the look that had inspired the Indian.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Dave had been in perilous situations before, and had learned the important lesson that if he lost his wits all would be lost.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
The art of making 'kings' was lost for many centuries, but about 32 B.C.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The leader of the band became lost in the woods and perished.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
He lost some credit by predicting the end of the world, but afterwards regained it.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Rivers changed their beds or were totally lost.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Paddy, under no circumstances, ever lost his politeness.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Some new folks start to scream and get lost, up there.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
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In poetry:

Weep not, 'tis mine to weep,
That ever thou wert born,
Alas, that all a mother's love
Is lost in a queen's scorn!
"The Sultana's Remonstrance" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Their talk did me perplex,
All night I tumbled and tost,
And thought of railroad specs,
And how money was won and lost.
"The Speculators" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Our heads that once were reeling,
Now shun the poisoned thing,
And hearts once lost to feeling,
Now merrily, merrily sing.
"Away With Melancholy" by John Pierpont
There was a girl that lost things—
Nor only from her hand;
She lost, indeed—why, most things,
As if they had been sand!
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
We hoped for the best, for the mast had gone West
And the rudder was lost in the swell
And the anchor got caught in the back of my shirt
And I lost my rudder as well.
"The Sailor's Farewell To His Horse." by Billy Bennett
I said in my wrath, when his shadow cross'd
From your garden gate to your cottage door,
"What does it matter for one soul lost?
Millions of souls have been lost before."
"No Name" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Was a Lost City Ever Lost.
First they lost their offensive heartbeat, and then they lost the game.
Janice Alden Email address: jalden505@gmail.com Phone Number: 843-338-2910 Indicate LOST or FOUND: LOST.
Lost Long before the Dharma Initiative, Widmore Industries and The Oceanic Six, there was the first season of Lost.
Let us never forget those who were lost in body and those who were lost in spirit.
A microchip doubles the chances that a lost dog will return home, and for a lost cat, it increases the odds by 20 times, according to a recent Ohio University study.
Among the least educated Americans, white women have lost 5 years of life expectancy since 1990, and white men have lost 3 years.
Julie Moreland Email address: 7echo@comcast.net Phone Number: 912 351 0657 Indicate LOST or FOUND: LOST.
The moment that A&E first announced that 'LOST' co-creator and show-runner Carlton Cuse was headed back to TV, we started counting the days until a former 'LOST'ie turned up on the project.
The singer breaks his silence on Houston's death, saying: "The world lost an icon but I lost my close friend.".
) Email address: bbrhhi@aol.com or me, dvane@aol.com Phone Number: 843-384-1482 or me, 843-839-1625 Indicate LOST or FOUND: lost.
When Joan Verratti lost her son - her only child - "I lost my way in life,".
Alicia Lamb Email address: mommy.lamb@comcast.net Phone Number: 912-308-1278 (cell) or 843-208-1261 (work) or 912-308-3941 (my mother's cell) Indicate LOST or FOUND: LOST.
Sheba McPherson Email address: smcpherson03@yahoo.com Phone Number: 912-844-3551 cell or 912-965-2758 work Indicate LOST or FOUND: LOST DOG.
Stephanie Cook Email address: savannahsassie@aol.com Phone Number: 417-231-2870 Indicate LOST or FOUND: FOUND then LOST.
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In science:

Unfortunately, H I emission at the lower velocities is lost in the edge of the passband.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
If a data packet is lost on its way to the user, a protocol detects the missing packet and sends it again.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
All non abelian properties are lost by this invariant.
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
This symmetry can be easily seen on the spacial representation of the singular graph but is lost on the plane pro jection.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
So nothing is lost by switching to quantum theory, but a lot is gained.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
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