• WordNet 3.6
    • n loss the act of losing someone or something "everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"
    • n loss the disadvantage that results from losing something "his loss of credibility led to his resignation","losing him is no great deprivation"
    • n loss the experience of losing a loved one "he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather"
    • n loss euphemistic expressions for death "thousands mourned his passing"
    • n loss military personnel lost by death or capture
    • n loss 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"
    • n loss something that is lost "the car was a total loss","loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"
    • n loss gradual decline in amount or activity "weight loss","a serious loss of business"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The loss of eyelashes is referred to as madarosis
    • Loss (Insurance) 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.
    • Loss Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.
    • Loss Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.
    • Loss (Mil) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.
    • Loss 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.
    • Loss The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation. "Assured loss before the match be played."
    • Loss The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
    • Loss The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing. "Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 80% of people that are on weight loss programs exercise on average three times a week
    • n loss Failure to hold, keep, or preserve what one has had in his possession; disappearance from possession, use, or knowledge; deprivation of that which one has had: as, the loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation; loss of children: opposed to gain.
    • n loss Specifically, death.
    • n loss Failure to gain or win: as, the loss of a prize or battle.
    • n loss That which is lost or forfeited; that which has been scattered or wasted: as, the loss by leakage amounted to 20 gallons; an insurance company's loss by a fire.
    • n loss Defeat; overthrow; ruin.
    • n loss Lack; want.
    • n loss The state of being at fault; the state of having lost the trail and scent of game.
    • n loss At such a price as to lose or incur loss.
    • n loss To sustain a loss with spirit or fortitude.
    • n loss Synonyms Loss, Detriment, Damage, Waste, Forfeiture, etc. Loss is the class word under which detriment, damage, waste, forfeiture, etc., are species. Loss, detriment, and damage apply to persons or things; waste and forfeiture only to things. As to detriment and damage, see injury. Waste is generally voluntary, although not always realized; sometimes it is only by neglect. Forfeiture is a loss through the law, as a penalty or as the result of neglect.
    • n loss See loess.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The metric system was to blame for the loss of the Mars Climate orbiter.
    • n Loss the act of losing: injury: destruction: defeat: that which is lost: waste
    • Loss . See Loess.
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  • Arthur Christopher Benson
    Arthur Christopher Benson
    “The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortune, but its fears.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.”
  • Pat Riley
    “Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.”
  • Tai Shang Kan Ying P'Ien
    Tai Shang Kan Ying P'Ien
    “Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.”
  • Mark Van Doren
    Mark Van Doren
    “The job of the poet is to render the world -- to see it and report it without loss, without perversion. No poet ever talks about feelings. Only sentimental people do.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor.”


At a loss - If you are at a loss, you are unable to understand or comply.
Cut your losses - If you cut your losses, you avoid losing any more money than you already have by getting out of a situation before matters worsen.
One man's loss is another man's gain - This means thato ne person's setback benefits someone else.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. los, loss, losing, fr. leósan, to lose. √127. See Lose (v. t.)


In literature:

This method of advancing results in serious (though temporary) loss of control over the company.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Of course, when one finds that a mistake has been made, the sooner one sells and takes a loss the better.
"Successful Stock Speculation" by John James Butler
Napoleon's final prophecy that Bourbon rule would end in the ruin of Spain, and the loss of all the best colonies was near fulfilment.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The passenger pigeon is one of our greatest losses.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Of natural sources of loss we have only one, and that is loss by drainage.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
It will take many a day to make up the reckoning of the material loss.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Thus end the remarks on gains and losses, and attendant gains and losses.
"The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana" by Vatsyayana
He felt the loss as much as it was in his iron nature to feel the loss of anything but a province or a battle.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Thus in either case a valuable stroke is lost, and if the enemy is playing the correct game the loss may be most serious.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
The losses of Ypres.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh

In poetry:

The joy, the rest, the life
That I enioyed of yore
Came to my lot that by my losse,
My smarte might smarte the more.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
"Arise," he said, "why look behind,
When hope is all before,
And patient hand and willing mind,
Your loss may yet restore?
"A Lay Of Old Time" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Ah well-a-day! But so it is,
Pale sorrow groaneth everywhere,
And pain and loss we cannot miss;
To think is almost to despair.
"How Full of God" by Charles Harpur
Our merchants Spain has near undone,
For lost ships not requiting;
This bears our noble King to shun
The loss of blood—in fighting!
"Stanzas - To the Memory of an agreeable Lady, buried in marriage to a Person undeserving her" by William Shenstone
And may his love who can restore
All losses, give all new good things,
Like loving eyes and sheltering wings
Be round us all for evermore!
"With A Copy of: "In Memoriam"" by George MacDonald
They think I burrow from the sun,
In darkness, all alone, and weak;
Such loss were gain if He were won,
For 'tis the sun's own Sun I seek.
"The Miner" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

After a 49-3 loss to Michigan, the school's worse loss in 55 years, athletic director Ron Mason pulled the plug after Monday's practice SAN ANTIONIO, Texas--Michigan State has seen enough.
Following the Marshall Thundering Herd's loss to Tulsa the players looked stunned, at a loss at how they had come so close to victory yet again only to come up short in the end.
It's no secret in the loss prevention industry that sweethearting , the practice of giving customers unauthorized discounts or free merchandise or services, is a major source of loss in retail.
Seton Hall's loss in Big East Tournament, toughest loss Pirates have sustained.
Hot Topic reported Wednesday that it tightened its loss in the second quarter to $6.2 million, compared with a loss of $6.3 million a year earlier.
Panasonic reports $8.7 billion quarterly loss, forecasts yearly loss.
A 21-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings marked the fourth loss in the past five games for the Bears (8-5), who fell behind by two quick touchdowns and could not recover.
Arizona's woeful season hits new low in 58-0 loss to Seattle, 9th straight loss for Cardinals.
Wisconsin's players and coaches felt the frustration build week after week, loss after loss, over a 12-game regular season.
Ravens win in addition to a Steelers loss (against Chargers) and a Bengals loss (against Dallas).
Illinois Republicans suffered big losses in this fall's election, losses big enough to threaten some of the party's leaders.
After dropping a disappointing 62-43 loss one night earlier, Panther head coach Jay Morris was fearful of the repercussions of back-to-back losses to open the season.
Carpenter had nine points and 12 rebounds in a 70-56 loss to Boise State and eight points and eight rebounds in an 80-55 loss to BYU.
Cassandra Syndrome, loss of reason, loss of action, loss of choices.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke, after loss to Nebraska: Michigan coach Brady Hoke addresses the media following the loss to Nebraska on Saturday night.

In science:

In addition to determining the dust loss rate, we would like to estimate the gas loss rate.
The Very Slow Wind From the Pulsating Semiregular Red Giant L2 Pup
Such a choice is also suggested by the appearance of a constant loss term (Kudlik et al 1999; Ngai 2000; Sokolov et al 2001) in many glass formers just below Tg . A constant loss term corresponds to a constant f (V ).
Energy landscape - a key concept for the dynamics of glasses and liquids
This is firstly the result of the strong mass loss necessary to produce the WR stars and also of the mass loss during the WR stages.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
We see that the present non–rotating models follow more or less the behaviour we obtained with our normal mass loss rate models of 1994, although, due to smaller mass loss rates in the present grid, the WR lifetimes are in general reduced and the minimum mass for WR star formation from single stars is enhanced.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
The loss of mass phenomenon stated above is completely different from erosion or sudden loss of mass: it is due to the fact that small fragments tend to decay faster when α < 0.
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree