What does LOSS mean?

Definitions for LOSSlɔs, lɒs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word LOSS.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Löss

    See Loess.

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. loss

    The reduction in the amount of body weight that a person achieves through a combination of exercise, diet and a reduction in the amount of calories or food they eat.

    He went to slimming classes and every week the instructor recorded their weight loss on their app.

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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 for LOSS »

  1. sols, Sols

  2. Sols


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LOSS in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LOSS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Carlow University:

    We mourn her loss.

  2. Todd Domer:

    That's a huge loss.

  3. George Firis:

    I mean, what a loss.

  4. Donald Trump:

    A loss just isn't acceptable.

  5. Adam Pressimone:

    It's a huge loss for everybody.

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