- Loss is defined as having something or someone leave or be taken away from you, a feeling of grief when something is gone, or a decline in money.
- An example of loss is when your parent dies.
- An example of loss is when you are fired from your job.
- An example of loss is what you feel when your pet dies.
- An example of loss is when your company is not profitable and spends $1000 more than is made.
loss definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a losing or being lost
- an instance of this
- the damage, trouble, disadvantage, deprivation, etc. caused by losing something
- the person, thing, or amount lost
- any reduction, lessening, etc.: a loss of strength, power, etc.
- any reduction of heat energy, electrical energy, etc. in a system, esp. the reduction of power, voltage, or current in a circuit due to the resistance of the components
- death, injury, damage, etc. that is the basis for a valid claim for indemnity under the terms of an insurance policy
- the amount paid by the insurer on this basis
- the losing of military personnel in combat by death, injury, or capture
- those lost in this way
- ships, aircraft, etc. lost in battle
Origin: Middle English los ; from past participle of losen, lesen, to lose
loss definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The act or an instance of losing: nine losses during the football season.
- a. One that is lost: wrote their flooded house off as a loss.b. The condition of being deprived or bereaved of something or someone: mourning their loss.c. The amount of something lost: selling at a 50 percent loss.
- The harm or suffering caused by losing or being lost.
- losses People lost in wartime; casualties.
- Destruction: The war caused incalculable loss.
- Electricity The power decrease caused by resistance in a circuit, circuit element, or device.
- The amount of a claim on an insurer by an insured.
Origin: Middle English los, from Old English; see lose.
loss - Business Definition
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Business Terms Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
loss - Computer Definition
Webster's New World Telecom Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- The energy or power expended without having accomplished any useful work. In electrical systems, such loss is described in watts (W). See also watt.
- The attenuation of signal level in a communications medium. Such loss generally is expressed in decibels (dB). See also attenuation, dB, and signal.
- The disappearance of packets or other message units in network transit. Packet loss can be caused by errors introduced into address fields, which affects the ability of the various network switches, routers, and other devices to properly forward the message units. Loss also can be caused if device buffers overfill and message units are erased. See also address, buffer, switch, and router.
loss - Investment & Finance Definition
Wall Street Words: An A to Z Guide to Investment Terms for Today's Investor by David L. Scott. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
loss - Legal Definition
Webster's New World Law Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- The death of an insured person or damage to insured property.
- The amount that the value of personal or real property exceeds the proceeds from its sale.
- Generally, the complete or partial diminishment of the value of an asset or of a human life.
loss - Phrases/Idioms
at a loss
- in an uncertain or perplexed state; puzzled
- so as to lose money to operate a business at a loss
- not able to; uncertain how to: followed by an infinitive he was at a loss to explain the missing funds
at a loss
- Below cost: sold the merchandise at a loss.
- Perplexed; puzzled: I am at a loss to understand those remarks.