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. --Shak
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 property.
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.
n 1: the act of losing; "everyone expected him to win so his loss
was a shock"
2: something that is lost; "the car was a total loss"; "loss of
livestock left the rancher bankrupt"
3: 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: red ink, red]
4: gradual decline in amount or activity; "weight loss"; "a
serious loss of business"
5: the disadvantage that results from losing something; "his
loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him
is no great deprivation" [syn: deprivation]
6: military personnel lost by death or capture [syn: personnel
7: the experience of losing a loved one; "he sympathized on the
loss of their grandfather"
8: euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his
passing" [syn: passing, departure, exit, expiration,