Loss(ls; 115), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. lesan to lose. 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.
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
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.
(Mil.) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.
(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.
Syn. -- Privation; detriment; injury; damage.
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