Loss

Definition of Loss

Pronunciation: lǒs; 115
n.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.

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