Definitions for LOSSlɔs, lɒs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

losslɔs, lɒs(n.)

  1. the act of losing possession of something.

  2. disadvantage or deprivation from separation or loss:

    bearing the loss of a robbery.

  3. something that is lost.

  4. an amount or number lost:

    The loss of life increased each day.

  5. an instance of losing:

    the loss of old friends.

  6. deprivation through death:

    to mourn the loss of a grandparent.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. a losing by defeat.

  8. failure to preserve or maintain:

    loss of engine speed.

  9. destruction; ruin.

  10. Often, losses. the number of soldiers lost through death or capture.

  11. an event, as death or property damage, for which an insurer must make indemnity under the terms of a policy.

    Category: Business

  12. a measure of the power lost in an electrical system, as by conversion to heat, expressed as a relation between power input and power output, as the ratio of or difference between the two quantities.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

Idioms for loss:

  1. at a loss, at less than cost. in a state of bewilderment or uncertainty.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of loss:

bef. 900; ME; OE los destruction, c. ON los looseness, breaking up. Cf. lose , loose

Princeton's WordNet

  1. loss(noun)

    something that is lost

    "the car was a total loss"; "loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"

  2. loss(noun)

    gradual decline in amount or activity

    "weight loss"; "a serious loss of business"

  3. loss(noun)

    the act of losing someone or something

    "everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"

  4. loss, deprivation(noun)

    the disadvantage that results from losing something

    "his loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him is no great deprivation"

  5. loss(noun)

    the experience of losing a loved one

    "he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather"

  6. loss, red ink, red(noun)

    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"

  7. personnel casualty, loss(noun)

    military personnel lost by death or capture

  8. passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release(noun)

    euphemistic expressions for death

    "thousands mourned his passing"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. loss(noun)ɔs, lɒs

    the state of not having sth anymore, or having less of sth

    weight loss; a loss of innocence; job losses

  2. lossɔs, lɒs

    the fact of having lost a competition, election, etc.

    the team's record of seven wins and six losses

  3. lossɔs, lɒs

    ≠ profit

    a net loss of $2 million

  4. lossɔs, lɒs

    to stop doing sth that loses money

  5. lossɔs, lɒs

    sb's death

    families grieving over the loss of a loved one; a disaster causing significant loss of life

  6. lossɔs, lɒs

    not knowing what or how to do sth

    I'm at a loss to explain it.


  1. loss(Noun)

    an instance of losing, such as a defeat

    The match ended in their first loss of the season.

  2. loss(Noun)

    something that is lost

    It was written off as a loss.

  3. loss(Noun)

    the hurtful condition of having lost something or someone

    We mourn his loss.

  4. loss(Noun)

    casualties, especially physically eliminated victims of violent conflict

    The battle was won, but losses were great.

  5. loss(Noun)

    the sum an entity loses on balance

    The sum of expenditures and taxes minus total income is a loss, when this difference is positive.

  6. loss(Noun)

    destruction, ruin

    It was a terrible crash: both cars were total losses

  7. loss(Noun)

    electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work

    The inefficiency of many old-fashioned power plants exceeds 60% loss before the subsequent losses during transport over the grid

  8. Origin: Old English has los "loss, destruction," from a Proto-Germanic root *lausam- (see lose), but the modern word probably evolved in the 14th century from lost, the original past participle of lose, itself from losian "be lost, perish," from los "destruction, loss", from a Proto-Germanic root *lausa (compare O.N. los "the breaking up of an army"), from Proto-Indo-Eeuopean base *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart, untie, separate"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loss(verb)

    the act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation

  2. Loss(verb)

    the state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing

  3. Loss(verb)

    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. Loss(verb)

    the state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel

  5. Loss(verb)

    failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle

  6. Loss(verb)

    failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time

  7. Loss(verb)

    killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property

  8. Loss(verb)

    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

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. loss

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LOSS' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #821

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LOSS' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2054

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LOSS' in Nouns Frequency: #258

Anagrams of LOSS

  1. sols, Sols

  2. Sols

Translations for LOSS

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act or fact of losing

suffering from loss of memory; the loss (= death) of our friend.

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