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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] [ant: gain]
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 casualty]
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, going, release]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English los



  1. an instance of losing
    The match ended in their first loss of the season.
  2. something that is lost
    It was written off as a loss.
  3. the condition of having lost something or someone
    We mourn his loss.
  4. (plural) casualties, especially in wartime
    The battle was won, but losses were great.
  5. (financial) The money a company loses. The expenditures and taxes minus total income, when this difference is positive.
  6. power expended without doing useful work.

Usage notes



instance of losing
something lost
  • Czech: ztráta
  • French: perte
  • German: Verlust
  • Portuguese: perda
  • Russian: потеря, утрата
  • Telugu: నష్టము (nashtamu)
financial: money a company loses
  • Czech: ztráta
  • German: Verlust
  • Japanese: 損益
  • Portuguese: perda
engineering: power expended without doing useful work
  • Japanese: 損失
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Related terms



From German Schloss



Extensive Definition

Loss may refer to:
A negative difference between retail price and cost of production
  • An event in which the team or individual in question did not win.
  • Loss (baseball), a pitching statistic in baseball
  • Attenuation, a reduction in amplitude and intensity of a signal
  • In telecommunications, loss is a decrease in signal in a communications system:
    • Angular misalignment loss, power loss caused by the deviation from optimum angular alignment
    • Bridging loss, the loss that results when an impedance is connected across a transmission line
    • Coupling loss, the loss that occurs when energy is transferred from one circuit, optical device, or medium to another
    • Insertion loss, the decrease in transmitted signal power resulting from the insertion of a device in a transmission line or optical fiber
    • Path loss, the attenuation undergone by an electromagnetic wave in transit from a transmitter to a receiver
      • Free-space path loss, the loss in signal strength that would result if all influences were sufficiently removed having no effect on its propagation
    • Reflection loss, a loss which causes energy to be reflected back toward its source
    • Return loss, the ratio of the amplitude of the reflected wave to the amplitude of the incident wave
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See also

loss in German: Verlust
loss in Spanish: Loser
loss in French: Perte
loss in Ido: Perdajo

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