• "We're gaining a little all the time, fellows!" exclaimed Elmer
    "We're gaining a little all the time, fellows!" exclaimed Elmer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gain increase (one's body weight) "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"
    • v gain increase or develop "the peace movement gained momentum","the car gathers speed"
    • v gain rise in rate or price "The stock market gained 24 points today"
    • v gain obtain advantages, such as points, etc. "The home team was gaining ground","After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference"
    • v gain reach a destination, either real or abstract "We hit Detroit by noon","The water reached the doorstep","We barely made it to the finish line","I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
    • v gain win something through one's efforts "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese","Gain an understanding of international finance"
    • v gain earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages "How much do you make a month in your new job?","She earns a lot in her new job","this merger brought in lots of money","He clears $5,000 each month"
    • v gain derive a benefit from "She profited from his vast experience"
    • v gain obtain "derive pleasure from one's garden"
    • n gain the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input
    • n gain the advantageous quality of being beneficial
    • n gain the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating
    • n gain a quantity that is added "there was an addition to property taxes this year","they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eating 11 pounds of apples will make you gain one pound of weight
    • n Gain (Arch) A square or beveled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.
    • a Gain Convenient; suitable; direct; near; handy; dexterous; easy; profitable; cheap; respectable.
    • Gain That which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase, profit, advantage, or benefit; -- opposed to loss. "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.""Godliness with contentment is great gain .""Every one shall share in the gains ."
    • Gain The obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable possessions; acquisition; accumulation. "The lust of gain ."
    • Gain To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition; as, to gain a battle; to gain a case at law; to gain a prize.
    • Gain To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate. "If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.""To gratify the queen, and gained the court."
    • Gain To get, as profit or advantage; to obtain or acquire by effort or labor; as, to gain a good living. "What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?""To gain dominion, or to keep it gained .""For fame with toil we gain , but lose with ease."
    • Gain To get, incur, or receive, as loss, harm, or damage. "Ye should . . . not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss."
    • v. i Gain To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily. "Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion.""My good behavior had so far gained on the emperor, that I began to conceive hopes of liberty."
    • Gain To reach; to attain to; to arrive at; as, to gain the top of a mountain; to gain a good harbor. "Forded Usk and gained the wood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is very common for babies in New Zealand to sleep on sheepskins. This is to help them gain weight faster, and retain their body heat
    • n gain That which is acquired or comes as a benefit; profit; advantage: opposed to loss.
    • n gain The act of gaining; acquisition; accession; addition: as, a clear gain of so much.
    • n gain Increment of amount or degree; access; increase; used absolutely, comparative excess or overplus in rate, as of movement: as, a gradual gain in speed or in weight; a gain in extent of view or range of thought. Synonyms Lucre, emolument, benefit.
    • gain To obtain by effort or striving; succeed in acquiring or procuring; attain to; get: as, to gain favor or power; to gain a livelihood by hard work; to gain time for study.
    • gain Specifically — To obtain as material profit or advantage; get possession of in return for effort or outlay: as, to gain a fortune by manufactures or by speculation.
    • gain To obtain by competition; acquire by success or superiority; win from another or others: as, to gain a prize, a victory, or a battle; to gain a cause in law.
    • gain To obtain the friendship or interest of; win over; conciliate.
    • gain To reach by effort; get to; arrive at: as, to gain a good harbor, or the mountain-top.
    • gain To bring or undergo an accession of; cause the acquisition of; make an increase in any respect to the amount of: as, his misfortune gained him much sympathy; the clock gains five minutes in a day; he has gained ten pounds in weight.
    • gain To avail; be of use to.
    • gain To profit; make gain; get advantage; benefit.
    • gain To make progress; advance; increase; improve; grow: as, to gain in strength, happiness, health, endurance, etc.; the patient gains daily.
    • gain To accrue; be added.
    • gain To advance nearer, as in a race; gain ground on; lessen the distance that separates: as, the horse gains on his competitor.
    • gain To prevail against or have the advantage over.
    • gain To obtain influence with; advance in the affections or good graces of.
    • gain Straight; direct; hence, near; short: as, the gainest way.
    • gain Suitable; convenient; ready.
    • gain In provincial English use: Easy; tolerable.
    • gain Handy; dexterous.
    • gain Honest; respectable.
    • gain Moderate; cheap.
    • gain Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way.
    • gain Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.
    • gain Tolerably; fairly: as, gain quiet (pretty quiet).
    • gain Against.
    • n gain A mortise.
    • n gain In building, a beveled shoulder upon a binding-joist, intended to strengthen a tenon.
    • n gain In carpentry, a groove in which is slid a shelf or any piece similarly fitted.
    • n gain In coal-mining, a transverse channel or cutting made in the sides of an underground roadway for the insertion of a dam or close permanent stopping, in order to prevent gas from escaping, or air from entering.
    • gain To mortise.
    • n gain A spear or javelin.
    • n gain A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning ‘again, back,’ or ‘against,’ formerly in common use, but now obsolete except in a few words, as gainsay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When blue whales are first born, they gain as much as 200 pounds a day while they are calves
    • v.t Gain gān to obtain by effort: to earn: to be successful in: to draw to one's own party, bribe: to reach: to make advance:
    • n Gain that which is gained: profit
    • adj Gain gān (prov.) near, straight.
    • v.t Gain gān (N. T.) to escape
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  • Democritus
    “Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.”
  • George Herbert
    “Sometimes the best gain is to lose.”
  • Robert Browning
    “And gain is gain, however small.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”


Ill-gotten gains - Ill-gotten gains are profits or benefits that are made either illegally or unfairly.
No pain, no gain - Achievements require some sort of sacrifice.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained - You can't win if you don't join in the game; if you don't participate in something, you will not achieve anything.
One man's loss is another man's gain - This means thato ne person's setback benefits someone else.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From gain, (n.) but. prob. influenced by F. gagner, to earn, gain, OF. gaaignier, to cultivate, OHG. weidinōn, weidinen, to pasture, hunt, fr. weida, pasturage, G. weide, akin to Icel. veiðr, hunting, AS. wāðu, cf. L. venari, to hunt, E. venison,. See Gain (n.), profit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gain, gaain, gaigner, gaaignier, from Teut., as in weidenen, to graze, to seek forage, weida, pasture.


In literature:

Here she was entertained by the daughters of Pelias, over whom she gained great influence by showing them certain magical wonders.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The murderers gained nothing by their deed of blood.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Now that he had gained his point, he didn't seem inclined for conversation.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Upon the 16th of October, anchor was weighed, but it was five days before a land breeze allowed the vessels to gain the open sea.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Shortly after finishing their lunch the boys again gained the deck, to find the mate actively driving the men in their various duties.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
The effort to storm a place, and gain possession of a post by main force.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Acknowledging a salute from a burly quartermaster, Ramblethorne gained the deck, and was escorted aft by the Leutnant.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Every effort must be made to gain it early and then to keep it.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
With these and the troops left by Gaines he marched into Florida.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
On September 26 he made another effort, and gained the supreme triumph of his career.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

In poetry:

Rooke that gained Gibraltar,
And gallant Leake also,
Myngs and stout old Shovell
And honest Benbow…
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
May one of the many
not gain power over us,
though she be of heaven's race
and shine in magnificence.
"Man's Multiplicity" by Karin Boye
"Of all the work my hand hath wrought
Beneath the sky,
Save a place in kindly human thought,
No gain have I."
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Now to his bed of sorrow bound,
By penitential pain,
He seems, by this heart-reaching wound,
A purer mind to gain.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
"Reckons gross and ignoble my teaching,
Immoral my story,
My love-lights a lure, that my species
May gather and gain.
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Only time can give relief
To the weary, lonesome grief:
God's sweet minister of pain
Then shall sing of loss and gain.
"Loss And Gain" by Nora Perry

In news:

If resentment, anger and hostility gain a foothold in your life, they will diminish your effectiveness for God.
The new projection screen offering is available in.8, 1.4, and 2.7 screen gains.
Jack Danielson, aka 'Black Jack Daniels,' right, gained fame as the tag-team partner of his brother-in-law Stan 'Krusher' Kowalski.
Jack Danielson, aka ' Black Jack Daniels,' right, gained fame as the tag-team partner of his brother-in-law Stan 'Krusher' Kowalski.
Network and Security architects and engineers, position analyzers in data centers to gain insight into network traffic and level of risk.
My broker recommends that I buy 200 shares of Linn Energy for dividend income, dividend growth and capital gains.
A diet based around one's blood type is gaining popularity with people looking to take off pounds.
Techniques first used for Jehovah's Witnesses gaining popularity.
Largest-Ever Bond Issue Gains Lopsided Approval.
About the big gains you're going to make in November.
Full- bodied models gain popularity.
Americans are gaining weight, and health clubs don't want to be left out.
People in their ads are gaining weight, too.
Rick Snyder has gained the endorsement of a key legislative leader in his.
Five tips for dealing with a looming capital gains tax hike.

In science:

In the slow gain regime the magnitude of the gain can increase in two times due to transverse dynamics.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
On the other hand the system gains energy by flipping the domain from the fluctuations of random fields, which interpreted as a typical fluctuation means that the gain is O(Ld/2 ).
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
This depends on the gain profile, as well as the quality factor Q of the modes before gain is introduced.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization
To determine which peak will lase first, we can again use the time-independent transfer matrix method (see Eq. (4) of Ref. 15) with a frequency-independent gain, which means the width of the gain profile is very large.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization
This is exactly the case when we use the FDTD method to simulate our 30-cell system with an over-threshold gain whose gain profile is the same as given in Fig.1a.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization