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 for Loss
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Loss \Loss\ (l[o^]s; 115), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr.
     le['i]san to lose. [root]127. See Lose, v. t.]
     1. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as,
        the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of
        health or reputation.
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              Assured loss before the match be played. --Shak.
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     2. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect,
        misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.
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              Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss.
                                                    --Shak
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     3. That which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; --
        opposed to gain or increase; as, the loss of liquor by
        leakage was considerable.
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     4. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the
        wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
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     5. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.
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     6. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.
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     7. (Mil.) Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured
        property.
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     8. (Insurance) Destruction or diminution of value, if brought
        about in a manner provided for in the insurance contract
        (as destruction by fire or wreck, damage by water or
        smoke), or the death or injury of an insured person; also,
        the sum paid or payable therefor; as, the losses of the
        company this year amount to a million of dollars.
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     To bear a loss, to make a loss good; also, to sustain a
        loss without sinking under it.
  
     To be at a loss, to be in a state of uncertainty.
  
     Syn: Privation; detriment; injury; damage.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  loss
      n 1: something that is lost; "the car was a total loss"; "loss
           of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"
      2: gradual decline in amount or activity; "weight loss"; "a
         serious loss of business"
      3: the act of losing someone or something; "everyone expected
         him to win so his loss was a shock"
      4: the disadvantage that results from losing something; "his
         loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him is
         no great deprivation" [syn: loss, deprivation]
      5: the experience of losing a loved one; "he sympathized on the
         loss of their grandfather"
      6: the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its
         revenue; "the company operated at a loss last year"; "the
         company operated in the red last year" [syn: loss, red
         ink, red] [ant: gain]
      7: military personnel lost by death or capture [syn: personnel
         casualty, loss]
      8: euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his
         passing" [syn: passing, loss, departure, exit,
         expiration, going, release]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  94 Moby Thesaurus words for "loss":
     ablation, annihilation, attrition, bankruptcy, bereavement,
     breakage, breakdown, collapse, confusion, consumption, corrosion,
     crack-up, crippling, damage, death, decrement, defeat,
     deliquescence, demise, denial, depletion, deprivation, deprivement,
     destruction, detriment, devastation, dilapidation, diminution,
     disablement, disadvantage, disappearance, disappointment,
     dispossession, disrepair, dissipation, dissolution, divestment,
     downfall, drawback, drubbing, dying, encroachment, erosion,
     exhaustion, extermination, extinction, failure, forfeit,
     forfeiture, handicap, harm, havoc, hobbling, hurt, hurting,
     impairment, impoverishment, incapacitation, infringement, injury,
     inroad, liability, losing, losings, loss of ground, losses,
     maiming, mayhem, mischief, mislaying, misplacement, misplacing,
     mutilation, passing, prejudice, privation, reduction, ruin,
     ruination, ruinousness, sabotage, sacrifice, scathe, shrinkage,
     sickening, spoiling, squandering, step backward, trouncing,
     wastage, waste, wasting, weakening, wear and tear
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  loss
   n.
  
      Something (not a person) that loses; a situation in which something is
      losing. Emphatic forms include moby loss, and total loss, complete loss.
      Common interjections are ?What a loss!? and ?What a moby loss!? Note that
      moby loss is OK even though **moby loser is not used; applied to an
      abstract noun, moby is simply a magnifier, whereas when applied to a person
      it implies substance and has positive connotations. Compare lossage.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  loss
  
      Something (not a person) that loses; a situation in
     which something is losing.  Emphatic forms include "moby
     loss", and "total loss", "complete loss".  Common
     interjections are "What a loss!"  and "What a moby loss!"
     Note that "moby loss" is OK even though **"moby loser" is not
     used; applied to an abstract noun, moby is simply a magnifier,
     whereas when applied to a person it implies substance and has
     positive connotations.
  
     Compare lossage.
  
     (1995-04-19)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LOSS, contracts. The deprivation of something which one had, which was 
  either advantageous, agreeable or commodious. 
       2. In cases of partnership, the losses are in general borne by the 
  partners equally, unless stipulations or circumstance's manifest a different 
  intention. Story, Partn. Sec. 24. But it is not essential that the partners 
  should all share the losses. They may agree, that if there shall be no 
  profits, but a loss, that the loss shall be borne by one or more of the 
  partners exclusively, and that the others shall, inter se, be exempted from 
  all liabilities for losses. Colly. Partn. 11; Gow, Partn. 9; 3 M. & Wels. 
  357; 5 Barn. & Ald. 954 Story, Partn. Sec. 23. 
       3. When a thing sold is lost by an accident, as by fire, the loss falls 
  on the owner, res perit domino, and questions not unfrequently arise, as to 
  whether the thing has been delivered and passed to the purchaser, or whether 
  it remains still the property of the seller. See, on this subject, Delivery. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  LOSS, n.  Privation of that which we had, or had not.  Thus, in the
  latter sense, it is said of a defeated candidate that he "lost his
  election"; and of that eminent man, the poet Gilder, that he has "lost
  his mind."  It is in the former and more legitimate sense, that the
  word is used in the famous epitaph:
  
      Here Huntington's ashes long have lain
      Whose loss is our eternal gain,
      For while he exercised all his powers
      Whatever he gained, the loss was ours.
  

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