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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (8)

1. something that is lost;
- Example: "the car was a total loss"
- Example: "loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"

2. gradual decline in amount or activity;
- Example: "weight loss"
- Example: "a serious loss of business"

3. the act of losing someone or something;
- Example: "everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock"

4. the disadvantage that results from losing something;
- Example: "his loss of credibility led to his resignation"
- Example: "losing him is no great deprivation"
[syn: loss, deprivation]

5. the experience of losing a loved one;
- Example: "he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather"

6. the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue;
- Example: "the company operated at a loss last year"
- Example: "the company operated in the red last year"
[syn: loss, red ink, red]

7. military personnel lost by death or capture;
[syn: personnel casualty, loss]

8. euphemistic expressions for death;
- Example: "thousands mourned his passing"
[syn: passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Loss \Loss\ (l[o^]s; 115), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. le['i]san to lose. [root]127. See Lose, v. t.] 1. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation. [1913 Webster] Assured loss before the match be played. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing. [1913 Webster] Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss. --Shak [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 4. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel. [1913 Webster] 5. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle. [1913 Webster] 6. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time. [1913 Webster] 7. (Mil.) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. Syn: Privation; detriment; injury; damage. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

loss n 1: something that is lost; "the car was a total loss"; "loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt" 2: gradual decline in amount or activity; "weight loss"; "a serious loss of business" 3: the act of losing someone or something; "everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock" 4: the disadvantage that results from losing something; "his loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him is no great deprivation" [syn: loss, deprivation] 5: the experience of losing a loved one; "he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather" 6: 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: loss, red ink, red] [ant: gain] 7: military personnel lost by death or capture [syn: personnel casualty, loss] 8: euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing" [syn: passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

94 Moby Thesaurus words for "loss": ablation, annihilation, attrition, bankruptcy, bereavement, breakage, breakdown, collapse, confusion, consumption, corrosion, crack-up, crippling, damage, death, decrement, defeat, deliquescence, demise, denial, depletion, deprivation, deprivement, destruction, detriment, devastation, dilapidation, diminution, disablement, disadvantage, disappearance, disappointment, dispossession, disrepair, dissipation, dissolution, divestment, downfall, drawback, drubbing, dying, encroachment, erosion, exhaustion, extermination, extinction, failure, forfeit, forfeiture, handicap, harm, havoc, hobbling, hurt, hurting, impairment, impoverishment, incapacitation, infringement, injury, inroad, liability, losing, losings, loss of ground, losses, maiming, mayhem, mischief, mislaying, misplacement, misplacing, mutilation, passing, prejudice, privation, reduction, ruin, ruination, ruinousness, sabotage, sacrifice, scathe, shrinkage, sickening, spoiling, squandering, step backward, trouncing, wastage, waste, wasting, weakening, wear and tear
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

loss n. Something (not a person) that loses; a situation in which something is losing. Emphatic forms include moby loss, and total loss, complete loss. Common interjections are ?What a loss!? and ?What a moby loss!? Note that moby loss is OK even though **moby loser is not used; applied to an abstract noun, moby is simply a magnifier, whereas when applied to a person it implies substance and has positive connotations. Compare lossage.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

loss Something (not a person) that loses; a situation in which something is losing. Emphatic forms include "moby loss", and "total loss", "complete loss". Common interjections are "What a loss!" and "What a moby loss!" Note that "moby loss" is OK even though **"moby loser" is not used; applied to an abstract noun, moby is simply a magnifier, whereas when applied to a person it implies substance and has positive connotations. Compare lossage. (1995-04-19)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

LOSS, contracts. The deprivation of something which one had, which was either advantageous, agreeable or commodious. 2. In cases of partnership, the losses are in general borne by the partners equally, unless stipulations or circumstance's manifest a different intention. Story, Partn. Sec. 24. But it is not essential that the partners should all share the losses. They may agree, that if there shall be no profits, but a loss, that the loss shall be borne by one or more of the partners exclusively, and that the others shall, inter se, be exempted from all liabilities for losses. Colly. Partn. 11; Gow, Partn. 9; 3 M. & Wels. 357; 5 Barn. & Ald. 954 Story, Partn. Sec. 23. 3. When a thing sold is lost by an accident, as by fire, the loss falls on the owner, res perit domino, and questions not unfrequently arise, as to whether the thing has been delivered and passed to the purchaser, or whether it remains still the property of the seller. See, on this subject, Delivery.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

LOSS, n. Privation of that which we had, or had not. Thus, in the latter sense, it is said of a defeated candidate that he "lost his election"; and of that eminent man, the poet Gilder, that he has "lost his mind." It is in the former and more legitimate sense, that the word is used in the famous epitaph: Here Huntington's ashes long have lain Whose loss is our eternal gain, For while he exercised all his powers Whatever he gained, the loss was ours.