Last modified on 19 October 2014, at 08:52
See also: lõss, löss, løss, loß, löß, and los

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English los, from Old English los (damage, destruction, loss), from Proto-Germanic *lusą (dissolution, break-up, loss), from Proto-Indo-European *lews- (to cut, sunder, separate, loose, lose). Cognate with Icelandic los (dissolution, looseness, break-up), Old English lor, forlor (loss, ruin), Middle High German verlor (loss, ruin). More at lose.

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loss (plural losses)

  1. an instance of losing, such as a defeat
    The match ended in their first loss of the season.
  2. something that is lost
    It was written off as a loss.
  3. the hurtful condition of having lost something or someone
    We mourn his loss.
  4. (in the plural) casualties, especially physically eliminated victims of violent conflict
    The battle was won, but losses were great.
  5. (financial) the sum an entity loses on balance
    The sum of expenditures and taxes minus total income is a loss, when this difference is positive.
  6. destruction, ruin
    It was a terrible crash: both cars were total losses
  7. (engineering) electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work
    The inefficiency of many old-fashioned power plants exceeds 60% loss before the subsequent losses during transport over the grid

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EstonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From German Schloss.

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loss (genitive lossi, partitive lossi)

  1. castle

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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Related to lös

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loss

  1. loose, untied

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loss

  1. loosely