loss

noun
\ ˈlȯs How to pronounce loss (audio) \

Definition of loss

1 : destruction, ruin to save the world from utter loss— John Milton
2a : the act of losing possession : deprivation loss of sight
b : the harm or privation resulting from loss or separation bore up bravely under the loss of both parents
c : an instance of losing His death was a loss to all who knew him.
3 : a person or thing or an amount that is lost: such as
a losses plural : killed, wounded, or captured soldiers His regiment suffered terrible losses.
b : the power diminution of a circuit (see circuit entry 1 sense 4a) or circuit element corresponding to conversion of electrical energy into heat by resistance (see resistance entry 1 sense 4a)
4a : failure to gain, win, obtain, or utilize loss of a game
b : an amount by which the cost of something exceeds its selling price The railroad claimed to be operating at a loss.
5 : decrease in amount, magnitude, or degree a loss in altitude
6 : the amount of an insured's financial detriment by death or damage that the insurer is liable for
at a loss
1 : uncertain as to how to proceed was at a loss to explain the discrepancy
2 : unable to produce what is needed at a loss for words
for a loss
: into a state of distress events had thrown him for a loss

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Examples of loss in a Sentence

The storm caused widespread loss of electricity. The company's losses for the year were higher than expected. A careless error resulted in the loss of the game. The team suffered a 3–2 loss in the last game. The team has an equal number of wins and losses. the party's losses in the recent election
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Recent Examples on the Web One play-in loss and the ninth-place team would be eliminated from playoff contention. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns snubbed in NBA national TV schedule for season restart," 29 June 2020 After about a year of headaches, and flashes of vision loss and amnesia, RFS started having muscle tremors, difficulty walking, and—perhaps most strangely—the inability to see numbers. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Solving the medical mystery of a brain that sees numbers as spaghetti," 29 June 2020 Still, Sheard’s 23 sacks, 190 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 92 quarterback hits are enough to top the rankings at No. 97. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Is Anthony Pleasant the best to wear No. 98? Ranking the best Browns to wear each jersey number: 96-99," 26 June 2020 Those blazes resulted in over $4.9 million in property loss and contents damage. oregonlive, "What fireworks are legal, illegal in Oregon? What to know as Fourth of July nears," 24 June 2020 This one deals with a woman who has suffered a loss and the semi-clueless friends who try to help her. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "‘Everything Will Be Fine’ is an innovative drive-in theater experience at the Latino Cultural Center," 23 June 2020 Stewart had a breakout junior year with the Mountaineers, amassing 54 tackles (38 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy alumni Galvin, Stewart named to Texas Football college preseason team," 23 June 2020 Any loss in the play-in and Phoenix's season would be over. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Two Phoenix Suns players test positive for COVID-19, sources say," 23 June 2020 That could be due to pesticides, parasites, competition with other insect species, climate change, plant loss and a mismatch between the plants available and those that bee species enjoy. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "With bees in short supply, soap bubbles could assist with pollination, study finds," 17 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'loss.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of loss

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loss

Middle English los, probably back-formation from lost, past participle of losen to lose

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The first known use of loss was in the 13th century

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loss. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for loss

loss

noun
How to pronounce loss (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of loss

: failure to keep or to continue to have something
: the experience of having something taken from you or destroyed
: money that is spent and that is more than the amount earned or received

loss

noun
\ ˈlȯs How to pronounce loss (audio) \

Kids Definition of loss

1 : the act or fact of losing something a loss of courage
2 : harm or distress that comes from losing something or someone We all felt the loss when he left.
3 : something that is lost weight loss
4 : failure to win It was the team's first loss.
at a loss
: unsure of how to proceed

loss

noun

Legal Definition of loss

1 : physical, emotional, or especially economic harm or damage sustained: as
a : decrease in value, capital, or amount — compare gain
b : an amount by which the cost of something (as goods or services) exceeds the selling price — compare profit
c : something unintentionally destroyed or placed beyond recovery
d : the amount of an insured's financial detriment due to the occurrence of a stipulated event (as death, injury, destruction, or damage) in such a manner as to create liability in the insurer under the terms of the policy

Note: As a general rule, economic losses are deductible from adjusted gross income under section 165 of the Internal Revenue Code. There are, however, numerous exceptions and limitations.

actual loss
: the identifiable and calculable monetary detriment that is suffered or will be suffered as a result of an act or event
actual total loss
: a loss in marine insurance in which the property (as a vessel or cargo) cannot be repaired or recovered — compare constructive total loss in this entry
capital loss
: the amount by which the book value of a capital asset exceeds the amount realized from the sale or exchange of the asset
casualty loss
: loss of property as a result of a fire, storm, shipwreck, or other catastrophic event
consequential loss
: a loss that arises as an indirect result of an act or event

called also indirect loss

— compare direct loss in this entry
constructive total loss
: a loss in marine insurance in which the cost of repairing or recovering a ship or its cargo would be more than the ship or cargo is worth — compare actual total loss in this entry
direct loss
: a loss arising directly from an act or event — compare consequential loss in this entry
indirect loss
: consequential loss in this entry
net operating loss
: the amount by which the expenses of operating a business exceed the income derived from it — see also carryback, carryover
ordinary loss
: a loss from the sale or exchange of any asset that is not a capital asset
partial loss
: a loss arising from damage to property that does not render it a total loss
total loss
: a loss arising from damage to property that is so substantial as to make the property valueless to an insured
2 : the act or fact of suffering physical, emotional, or especially economic harm or detriment

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