Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to losses: Hysteresis losses


 (lôs, lŏs)
1. 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: Her loss was made easier by the support of her friends.
c. The amount of something lost: selling at a 50 percent loss.
3. The harm or suffering caused by losing or being lost: The doctor's retirement is a great loss to the community.
4. losses People lost in wartime; casualties.
5. Destruction: The war caused incalculable loss.
6. Electricity The power decrease caused by resistance in a circuit, circuit element, or device.
7. The amount of a claim on an insurer by an insured.
at a loss
1. Below cost: sold the merchandise at a loss.
2. Perplexed; puzzled: I am at a loss to understand those remarks.

[Middle English los, from Old English; see lose.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.losses - something lost (especially money lost at gambling)losses - something lost (especially money lost at gambling)
financial loss - loss of money or decrease in financial value
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
It lasted him six weeks; then he wrote to his uncle a letter which he thought very business-like; he said that owing to the war he had had grave losses and could not go on with his studies unless his uncle came to his help.
Nicholas submitted to him, and at one moment prayed to God as he had done on the battlefield at the bridge over the Enns, and then guessed that the card that came first to hand from the crumpled heap under the table would save him, now counted the cords on his coat and took a card with that number and tried staking the total of his losses on it, then he looked round for aid from the other players, or peered at the now cold face of Dolokhov and tried to read what was passing in his mind.
Beside this, he recommended the organization of minor war parties, to make reprisals to the extent of the losses sustained.
As to their late losses, an increased watchfulness would prevent any more misfortunes of the kind.
Only individuals experience losses rest of the community left unaffected.
382 limits a corporation's ability to use its net operating losses (NOLs) and other attributes after an ownership change.
It is our impression that both hearing losses might have been attributable to osmotic disequilibrium in the labyrinth or to an acute labyrinthine injury caused by contamination of the blood by the degraded product of an old cellulose acetate hemodialyzer membrane; the hemodialyzer had been in use for 15 years.
By pooling the foreign currency gains and losses of all assets together with earnings, in the equity pool, the 1991 proposed regulations effectively required recognition of currency gain or loss on all the assets of the QBU, including nonfinancial assets.
The taxpayer argued that the prohibition against carrying back capital losses to a previous year and the $3,000 deduction limitation on capital losses applied only to the regular tax computation, not the AMT calculation.
* Risk managers can prevent 80% of wind storm and hurricane losses if they take steps to make sure their buildings remain water tight.
Wall losses are minimized by the use of "low-temperature Fomblin," and the notoriously difficult extrapolation from storage lifetimes to [[tau].sub.n] is made more reliable by the novel use of an accordion-like storage vessel.
The deduction for theft losses related to nonbusiness, for-profit transactions is one of the best-kept Internal Revenue Code secrets--and a tool that tax professionals can use to provide significant tax relief for their injured investor or taxpayer clients.