- The definition of a gain is a profit, advantage or increase.
- An example of gain is a five percent increase in earnings in the past year.
- An example of gain is a five point lead on the other team.
- Gain is defined as to get something or to add on or increase.
- An example of gain is to take the lead in a soccer game.
- An example of gain is to put on five pounds.
- an increase; addition; specif.,
- [often pl.] an increase in wealth, earnings, etc.; profit; winnings
- an increase in advantage; advantage; improvement
- the act of getting something; acquisition; accumulation
- an increase in signal strength when transmitted from one point to another: often expressed in decibels
- the ratio of the output current, voltage, or power of an amplifier, receiver, etc. to the respective input
Origin of gainMiddle English from Old French gaaigne from gaaignier: see gainthe transitive verb
- to get by labor; earn: to gain a livelihood
- to get by effort or merit, as in competition; win
- to cause to be directed toward oneself or itself; attract: to gain one's interest
- to get as an increase, addition, profit, or advantage: to gain ten pounds
- to make an increase in: to gain speed
- to go faster by: my watch gained two minutes
- to get to; arrive at; reach
Origin of gainME gainen, to profit, be of use < OFr gaaignier < Frank *waidanjan, to work, earn, akin to OHG weidenen, to pasture < weide, pasture < IE *witi-, a hunting after < base *wei-, to go, hunt > L via, way, vis, strength
- to make progress; improve or advance, as in health, business, etc.
- to acquire wealth or profit
- to increase in weight; become heavier
- to be fast; said of a clock, etc.
- to draw nearer to (an opponent in a race, etc.)
- to make more progress than (a competitor)
Origin of gainfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
verbgained, gain·ing, gains
- To come into possession or use of; acquire: gained a small fortune in real estate; gained vital information about the enemy's plans.
- To attain in competition or struggle; win: gained a decisive victory; gained control of the company.
- To obtain through effort or merit; achieve: gain recognition; gain a hearing for the proposal.
- To secure as profit or reward; earn: gain a living; gain extra credits in school.
- a. To manage to achieve an increase of: a movement that gained strength; gained wisdom with age.b. To increase by (a specific amount): gained 15 pounds; the market gained 30 points.
- To come to; reach: gained the top of the mountain.
- To become fast by (a specified amount of time). Used of a timepiece: My watch gains four minutes a day.
- To increase; grow: gained in experience and maturity; a painting that gained in value.
- To become better; improve: gaining in health.
- To obtain a profit or advantage; benefit: stood to gain politically by his opponent's blunder.
- To move closer to a person or thing that is moving ahead; close a gap: The runners in the back gained steadily on the leader.
- To put on weight: I began to gain when I went off my diet.
- To operate or run fast. Used of a timepiece.
- a. Something gained or acquired: territorial gains.b. Progress; advancement: The country made economic gains under the new government.
- The act of acquiring; attainment.
- An increase in amount or degree: a gain in operating income.
- Electronics An increase in signal power, voltage, or current by an amplifier, expressed as the ratio of output to input. Also called amplification .
- The reflectivity of a projection screen, usually expressed relative to the reflectivity of a standard surface of magnesium carbonate.
Origin of gainFrom Middle English gayne booty ( from Old French gaigne, gain gain ) ( from gaaignier to gain ) ( of Germanic origin ; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.)Middle English gein advantage ( from Old Norse gegn ready, ) ( and from Old French gain gain )
transitive verbgained, gain·ing, gains
- To cut out a gain in.
- To join by or fit into a gain.
Origin of gainOrigin unknown
- (obsolete) Against.
(comparative more gain, superlative most gain)
(comparative more gain, superlative most gain)
From Middle English gayn, gein, geyn (“straight, direct, short, fit, good”), from Old Norse gegn (“straight, direct, short, ready, serviceable, kindly”), from gegn (“opposite, against”, adv) (whence gagna (“to go against, meet, suit, be meet”)); see below at gain. Adverb from Middle English gayne (“fitly, quickly”), from the adjective.
- The act of gaining.
- What one gains, as a return on investment or dividend.
- No pain, no gain.
- (electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.
(third-person singular simple present gains, present participle gaining, simple past and past participle gained)
- To acquire possession of what one did not have before.
- Looks like you've gained a new friend.
- To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition.
- to gain a battle; to gain a case at law
- To increase.
- (intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.
- I'm gaining (on you).
- gain ground
- To reach.
- to gain the top of a mountain
- To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.
- (intransitive) To put on weight.
- I've been gaining (weight).
- (of a clock or watch) To run fast.
From Middle English gain, gein (“profit, advantage”), from Old Norse gagn (“benefit, advantage, use”), from Proto-Germanic *gagną, *gaganą (“gain, profit", literally "return”), from Proto-Germanic *gagana (“back, against, in return”), a reduplication of Proto-Germanic *ga- (“with, together”), from Proto-Indo-European *kom (“next to, at, with, along”). Cognate with Icelandic gagn (“gain, advantage, use”), Swedish gagn (“benefit, profit”), Danish gavn (“gain, profit, success”), Gothic (gageigan, “to gain, profit”), Old Norse gegn (“ready”), Swedish dialectal gen (“useful, noteful”), Latin cum (“with”); see gain-, again, against. Compare also Middle English gainen (“to be of use, profit, avail”), Icelandic and Swedish gagna (“to avail, help”), Danish gavne (“to benefit”).
The Middle English word was reinforced by Middle French gain (“gain, profit, advancement, cultivation”), from Old French gaaing, gaaigne, gaigne, a noun derivative of gaaignier (“to till, earn, win”), from Frankish *waidanjan (“to pasture, graze, hunt for food”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *waiþiz, *waiþī, *waiþō, *waiþijō (“pasture, field, hunting ground”); compare Old High German weidōn, weidanōn (“to hunt, forage for food”) (Modern German Weide (“pasture”)), Old Norse veiða (“to catch, hunt”), Old English wǣþan (“to hunt, chase, pursue”). Related to wathe, wide.
- Prefix meaning "against", "contrary to", "in opposition to", "counter-".
- Prefix denoting reciprocal action; "in return"; "counter-".
- gainclap, gaingive, gainyield
- Prefix denoting restoration or a return to a previous state; "back again".
- gainbuy, gaincover, gaintake
- Prefix denoting repetition; "over again"; "anew"; again-.
gain - Computer Definition
An increase in signal power between two points, achieved by an active device or system such as an amplifier, which receives an attenuated input signal, applies controlled power to that signal, and outputs a signal that is a function of the input signal, but at a higher power level. Gain is the opposite of attenuation. The gain, or increase, in signal power is typically described in positive decibels (+dB). See also amplifier, attenuation, and dB.
The amount of increase that an amplifier provides on the output side of the circuit.
gain - Legal Definition