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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Loss \Loss\ (l[o^]s; 115), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr.
le['i]san to lose. [root]127. See Lose, v. t.]
1. 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. --Shak.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the
wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
5. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.
6. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.
7. (Mil.) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured
8. (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.
To bear a loss, to make a loss good; also, to sustain a
loss without sinking under it.
To be at a loss, to be in a state of uncertainty.
Syn: Privation; detriment; injury; damage.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: something that is lost; "the car was a total loss"; "loss
of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"
2: gradual decline in amount or activity; "weight loss"; "a
serious loss of business"
3: the act of losing someone or something; "everyone expected
him to win so his loss was a shock"
4: the disadvantage that results from losing something; "his
loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him is
no great deprivation" [syn: loss, deprivation]
5: the experience of losing a loved one; "he sympathized on the
loss of their grandfather"
6: 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" [syn: loss, red
ink, red] [ant: gain]
7: military personnel lost by death or capture [syn: personnel
8: euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his
passing" [syn: passing, loss, departure, exit,
expiration, going, release]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
94 Moby Thesaurus words for "loss":
ablation, annihilation, attrition, bankruptcy, bereavement,
breakage, breakdown, collapse, confusion, consumption, corrosion,
crack-up, crippling, damage, death, decrement, defeat,
deliquescence, demise, denial, depletion, deprivation, deprivement,
destruction, detriment, devastation, dilapidation, diminution,
disablement, disadvantage, disappearance, disappointment,
dispossession, disrepair, dissipation, dissolution, divestment,
downfall, drawback, drubbing, dying, encroachment, erosion,
exhaustion, extermination, extinction, failure, forfeit,
forfeiture, handicap, harm, havoc, hobbling, hurt, hurting,
impairment, impoverishment, incapacitation, infringement, injury,
inroad, liability, losing, losings, loss of ground, losses,
maiming, mayhem, mischief, mislaying, misplacement, misplacing,
mutilation, passing, prejudice, privation, reduction, ruin,
ruination, ruinousness, sabotage, sacrifice, scathe, shrinkage,
sickening, spoiling, squandering, step backward, trouncing,
wastage, waste, wasting, weakening, wear and tear
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
Something (not a person) that loses; a situation in which something is
losing. Emphatic forms include moby loss, and total loss, complete loss.
Common interjections are ?What a loss!? and ?What a moby loss!? Note that
moby loss is OK even though **moby loser is not used; applied to an
abstract noun, moby is simply a magnifier, whereas when applied to a person
it implies substance and has positive connotations. Compare lossage.
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :
Something (not a person) that loses; a situation in
which something is losing. Emphatic forms include "moby
loss", and "total loss", "complete loss". Common
interjections are "What a loss!" and "What a moby loss!"
Note that "moby loss" is OK even though **"moby loser" is not
used; applied to an abstract noun, moby is simply a magnifier,
whereas when applied to a person it implies substance and has
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
LOSS, contracts. The deprivation of something which one had, which was
either advantageous, agreeable or commodious.
2. In cases of partnership, the losses are in general borne by the
partners equally, unless stipulations or circumstance's manifest a different
intention. Story, Partn. Sec. 24. But it is not essential that the partners
should all share the losses. They may agree, that if there shall be no
profits, but a loss, that the loss shall be borne by one or more of the
partners exclusively, and that the others shall, inter se, be exempted from
all liabilities for losses. Colly. Partn. 11; Gow, Partn. 9; 3 M. & Wels.
357; 5 Barn. & Ald. 954 Story, Partn. Sec. 23.
3. When a thing sold is lost by an accident, as by fire, the loss falls
on the owner, res perit domino, and questions not unfrequently arise, as to
whether the thing has been delivered and passed to the purchaser, or whether
it remains still the property of the seller. See, on this subject, Delivery.
From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :
LOSS, n. Privation of that which we had, or had not. Thus, in the
latter sense, it is said of a defeated candidate that he "lost his
election"; and of that eminent man, the poet Gilder, that he has "lost
his mind." It is in the former and more legitimate sense, that the
word is used in the famous epitaph:
Here Huntington's ashes long have lain
Whose loss is our eternal gain,
For while he exercised all his powers
Whatever he gained, the loss was ours.
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