1. A spending or consuming; disbursement; expenditure.
Husband nature's riches from expense. --Shak.
2. That which is expended, laid out, or consumed; cost; outlay; charge; -- sometimes with the notion of loss or damage to those on whom the expense falls; as, the expenses of war; an expense of time.
Courting popularity at his party's expense. --Brougham.
3. Loss. [Obs.]
And moan the expense of many a vanished sight. --Spenser.
Expense magazine Mil., a small magazine containing ammunition for immediate use.
n 1: amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently
tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)
[syn: disbursal, disbursement]
2: a detriment or sacrifice; "at the expense of"
3: money spent to perform work and usually reimbursed by an
employer; "he kept a careful record of his expenses at the