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Loss appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

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  • A glossolalia web won’t now bewail a loss, Olga.
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Usage statistics for the noun loss:

spoken English18.84%written English81.16% imaginative writing18.78%informational writing81.22%

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The word loss is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun loss

What does loss mean as a name of something?

Loss is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: losses

  1. something that is lost
    • examples: the car was a total loss | loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic terms: transferred possession / transferred property = a possession whose ownership changes or lapses
    • more specific terms:
      • forfeiture / forfeit = something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty
      • financial loss = loss of money or decrease in financial value
      • sacrifice = a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value
      • wastage = anything lost by wear or waste
  2. gradual decline in amount or activity
    • examples: weight loss | a serious loss of business
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • more generic words: decline / diminution = change toward something smaller or lower
    • more specific words:
  3. the act of losing someone or something
    • example: everyone expected him to win so his loss was a shock
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: failure = an act that fails
    • more specific words:
  4. the disadvantage that results from losing something
    • example: his loss of credibility led to his resignation
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of loss: deprivation
    • more generic word: disadvantage = the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
  5. the experience of losing a loved one
    • example: he sympathized on the loss of their grandfather
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic word: experience = an event as apprehended
  6. the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue
    • example: the company operated at a loss last year
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of loss: red / red ink
    • antonym of loss: gain
    • more generic terms: amount / amount of money / sum / sum of money = a quantity of money
    • more specific terms:
      • paper loss = an unrealized loss on an investment calculated by subtracting the current market price from the investor's cost
      • squeeze = a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer
  7. military personnel lost by death or capture
  8. euphemistic expressions for death

Alternative definition of the noun loss


  1. an instance of losing, such as a defeat
  2. something that is lost
  3. the hurtful condition of having lost something or someone
  4. [context: plural] casualties, especially physically eliminated victims of violent conflict
  5. [context: financial] the sum an entity loses on balance
  6. destruction, ruin
  7. [context: engineering] electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work


  1. "Loss" is a 2008 Lithuanian psychological thriller film directed, co-written and co-produced by Latvian film director Maris Martinsons. In October 2008, it was announced that the film was Lithuania's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in the 81st Academy Awards, becoming the first Lithuanian feature film ever to be submitted for the Academy Awards.
  2. "Loss" is a 2011 short film directed by David Ferrando-Giraut.
  3. "Loss" is a short film, directed by Kristen Nutile.

Phrases with Loss

Phrases starting with the word Loss:

  1. loss ratio
  2. loss leader
  3. Loss of Life
  4. Loss function
  5. Loss of Memory

Phrases ending with the word Loss:

  1. at a loss
  2. paper loss
  3. Total loss
  4. memory loss
  5. turn a loss
  6. Weight loss
  7. capital loss
  8. For the Loss
  9. hearing loss
  10. financial loss
  11. Operating Loss
  12. Generation loss
  13. profit and loss

Other phrases containing the word Loss:

  1. Stop Loss Order
  2. stop-loss order

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Loss

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Google previewHigh-Frequency Trading (2009)

A Practical Guide to Algorithmic Strategies and Trading Systems by Irene Aldridge

Hedging—hedge risk exposure with complementary financial instruments Stop Losses A stop loss is the crudest and most...

In the case of market risk, a stop loss is a threshold price of a given security, which, if crossed by the market price, ...

Google previewMicroeconomics (2008)

by Paul Krugman, Robin Wells

Deadweight loss is a key concept in economics, one that we will encounter whenever an action or a policy leads to a reduction in...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Conquering Obsessive-compulsive Behavior (2009)

by Bruce Mansbridge

The problem with even a mild hearing loss is that it interferes with the ability to understand speech and to pick out one voice...

Google previewThe Body Fat Breakthrough (2014)

Tap the Muscle-Building Power of Negative Training and Lose Up to 30 Pounds in 30 Days! by Ellington Darden

No wonder fat loss is the most sought-after goal in the entire fitness industry.

And fat loss is a far superior body-composition guide than weight loss.

Google previewInternational Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2002 (2003)

by Cary L. Cooper, Ivan T. Robertson

Kinicki Arizona State University, USA Job loss is a life event in which paid employment is involuntarily taken away from an individual (Latack, Kinicki, & Prussia, 1995).

Google previewPocket Guide and Toolkit to Dejong's Neurologic Examination (2007)

by William W. Campbell

Conductive hearing loss is that due to impaired conduction of sound to the cochlea and may be due to occlusion of the...

Google previewCan Death Be a Harm to the Person Who Dies? (2013)

by J. Li

Generally speaking, a loss is a bad thing to the extent that the item lost is a good thing...Losing one's life must therefore be...

Google previewElectromagnetic Compatibility Engineering (2011)

by Henry W. Ott

Absorption loss is a function of the square root of the permeability times the conductivity. Reflection loss is a function of the conductivity divided by the permeability. Increasing the permeability of a shield material increases the absorption loss ...

Google previewDrinking (2001)

Anthropological Approaches by I. de Garine, Valerie de Garine

Such water loss is a consequence of the maintenance of a constant internal thermal and biochemical environment...

in hot external environments, evaporative heat loss is the most efficient means of dissipating metabolically generated heat ...

Google previewPerimetry Update, 1996/1997 (1997)

Proceedings of the XIIth International Perimetric Society Meeting, Würzburg, Germany, June 4-8, 1996 by Michael Wall

Introduction The separation of localized and diffuse components of visual field loss is an important step in the functional evaluation of glaucomatous patients, since different defects may result from different pathogenetic mechanisms.

Google previewHandbook on Insurance Coverage Disputes 17e (3 Volumes) (2014)

by Ostrager, Thomas R. Newman

A Fortuitous Loss Is a Necessary Element of Accident-Based Coverage Prior to 1966, the standard-form CGL policy provided coverage on an “accident” basis. That is, pre-1966 CGL policies provide coverage for personal injury or property ...

Google previewSmall Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (2012)

by Jeanne R. Perrone

Total attachment loss is the combined total of periodontal pocketing and root exposure (Fig. 5.6). Figure 5.6 Total attachment loss is the combined total of periodontal pocketing and root exposure (Courtesy of John Koehm, DVM, FAVD).

Google previewThe Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (2012)

by Sherry Torkos

However, when you or your loved ones notice increasing episodes of memory loss and forgetfulness, this needs to be addressed. While many people fear Alzheimer's disease, only a small percentage of people over the age of 65 develop this ...

Google previewJim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength 2nd Edition (2014)

by Stoppani, Jim

The guidelines discussed in chapter 27arethe same guidelines you want to followto maximize fat loss.After all, when you talkabout dropping body fat, you still wantto at least maintain, ifnot build, lean musclemass and muscle strength.

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

The loss of blood group antigen results in the tumor cells gaining the ability to move and circulate through the body, because the blood type antigens are needed for the cell's integrin receptors to work properly as the adhesive glue that holds ...

Google previewThe Entrepreneur’s Dictionary of Business and Financial Terms (2013)

by Khwaja Masoom

Contingent Loss: A potential loss that is dependent upon some future event ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diet Fads: Understanding Science and Society, 2nd Edition (2014)

Understanding Science and Society by Marjolijn Bijlefeld, Sharon K. Zoumbaris

The National Weight Control Registry is a database of people who have been successful at losing large amounts of weight and being able to maintain that weight loss. It was founded in 1993 as a collaborative venture between researchers at ...

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Usage statistics about loss

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun loss:

spoken English18.84%written English81.16% imaginative writing18.78%informational writing81.22%

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Quotes about Loss

Loss of a dream
Loss of a life
Loss of a love
Loss of a path
Loss of a power

This is what I lost,
In this vast world of war. (Austin Courtney)
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Scrabble value of L1O1S1S1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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