Gain

Definition of Gain

Pronunciation: gānd
n.1.(Arch.) A square or beveled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.
a.1.Convenient; suitable; direct; near; handy; dexterous; easy; profitable; cheap; respectable.
n.1.That which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase, profit, advantage, or benefit; - opposed to loss.
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
- Phil. iii. 7.
Godliness with contentment is great gain.
- 1 Tim. vi. 6.
Every one shall share in the gains.
- Shak.
2.The obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable possessions; acquisition; accumulation.
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Gained (gānd); p. pr. & vb. n. Gaining.]
1.To get, as profit or advantage; to obtain or acquire by effort or labor; as, to gain a good living.
What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
- Matt. xvi. 26.
To gain dominion, or to keep it gained.
- Milton.
For fame with toil we gain, but lose with ease.
- Pope.
2.To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition; as, to gain a battle; to gain a case at law; to gain a prize.
3.To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.
If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
- Matt. xviii. 15.
To gratify the queen, and gained the court.
- Dryden.
4.To reach; to attain to; to arrive at; as, to gain the top of a mountain; to gain a good harbor.
Forded Usk and gained the wood.
- Tennyson.
5.To get, incur, or receive, as loss, harm, or damage.
Ye should . . . not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
- Acts xxvii. 21.
Gained day
the calendar day gained in sailing eastward around the earth.
To gain ground
to make progress; to advance in any undertaking; to prevail; to acquire strength or extent.
To gain over
to draw to one's party or interest; to win over.
To gain the wind
(Naut.) to reach the windward side of another ship.
v. i.1.To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily.
Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion.
- Ezek. xxii. 12.
Gaining twist
in rifled firearms, a twist of the grooves, which increases regularly from the breech to the muzzle.
To gain on
a - To encroach on; as, the ocean gains on the land.
b - To obtain influence with.
c - To win ground upon; to move faster than, as in a race or contest.
d - To get the better of; to have the advantage of.
The English have not only gained upon the Venetians in the Levant, but have their cloth in Venice itself.
- Addison.
My good behavior had so far gained on the emperor, that I began to conceive hopes of liberty.
- Swift.

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