Definitions for gainable

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gain*geɪn(v.t.)

  1. to get (something desired), esp. as a result of one's efforts; obtain; secure:

    to gain possession of land; to gain permission to enter.

  2. to acquire as an increase or addition:

    to gain weight; to gain speed.

  3. to obtain as a profit or advantage:

    He didn't stand to gain much by the deal.

  4. to win; get in competition:

    to gain a prize.

  5. to win (someone) to one's own side or point of view:

    to gain supporters.

  6. (of a watch or clock) to run fast by (a specified amount):

    My watch gains six minutes a day.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. to reach, esp. by effort; get to; arrive at:

    to gain one's destination.

  8. (v.i.)to improve; make progress; advance:

    to gain in health.

  9. to get nearer, as in pursuit (usu. fol. by on or upon):

    Our horse was gaining on the favorite.

  10. to draw away from or farther ahead of one's competitors, pursuers, etc. (usu. fol. by on or upon).

  11. (of a watch or clock) to run fast.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. (n.)profit or advantage:

    I see no gain in this plan.

  13. an increase or advance:

    a gain in weight; a gain in power.

  14. gains, profits or winnings.

  15. the act of gaining; acquisition.

  16. a measure of the increase in signal amplitude produced by an amplifier, expressed as the ratio of output to input. the effectiveness of a directional antenna as compared with a standard, nondirectional one.

    Category: Electronics, Electricity and Magnetism

* Syn: gain , attain , earn , win imply obtaining a reward or something advantageous. gain suggests the expenditure of effort to get or reach something desired: After battling the blizzard, we finally gained our destination. attain suggests a sense of personal satisfaction in having reached a lofty goal: to attain stardom. earn emphasizes a deserved reward for labor or services: to earn a promotion. win stresses attainment in spite of competition or opposition: to win support in a campaign.

Origin of gain:

1425–75; < MF, contr. of OF gaaing, der. of gaaignier to till, earn, win < Gmc; cf. OHG weidanōn to hunt, forage for food

gain′a•ble(adj.)

Wiktionary

  1. gainable(Adjective)

    Capable of being gained (in any sense), obtained, or reached.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gainable(verb)

    capable of being obtained or reached

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