Selling at a 50 percent loss.
The war caused incalculable loss.
Wrote their flooded house off as a loss.
Her loss was made easier by the support of her friends.
The battle was won, but losses were great.
The sum of expenditures and taxes minus total income is a loss, when this difference is positive.
The inefficiency of many old-fashioned power plants exceeds 60% loss before the subsequent losses during transport over the grid.
Nine losses during the football season.
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.
The doctor's retirement is a great loss to the community.
A loss of strength, power, etc.
- Below cost:Sold the merchandise at a loss.
- Perplexed; puzzled:I am at a loss to understand those remarks.
- in an uncertain or perplexed state; puzzled
- so as to lose moneyTo operate a business at a loss.
- not able to; uncertain how toHe was at a loss to explain the missing funds.
- temporarily unable to speak or to articulate one's feelings or thoughts, as from surprise or deep emotion
Other Word Forms
Origin of loss
- Middle English los from Old English lose
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English has los "loss, destruction," from a Proto-Germanic root *lausam- (see lose), but the modern word probably evolved in the 14th century from lost, the original past participle of lose, itself from Old English losian "be lost, perish," from los "destruction, loss", from a Proto-Germanic root *lausa (compare O.N. los "the breaking up of an army"), from Proto-Indo-Eeuopean base *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart, untie, separate"