loss

See also: lõss, löss, løss, loß, löß, and los

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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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. The result of an alteration in a function or characteristic of the body, or of its previous integrity.
    Loss of an arm ; loss of weight ; loss of cognitive functions ; loss of appetite.
  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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Etymology 2Edit

Eye dialect spelling of lost, representing African American Vernacular English.

VerbEdit

loss

  1. (colloquial) Alternative spelling of lost

StatisticsEdit

Most common English words before 1923: plan · pain · official · #940: loss · spot · wonderful · shook

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EstonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From German Schloss.

NounEdit

loss ‎(genitive lossi, partitive lossi)

  1. castle

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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Related to lös

AdjectiveEdit

loss

  1. loose, untied

AdverbEdit

loss

  1. loosely
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