an instance of losing, such as a defeat
The result of an alteration in a function or characteristic of the body, or of its previous integrity.
- The match ended in their first loss of the season.
the hurtful condition of having lost something or someone
- Loss of an arm ; loss of weight ; loss of cognitive functions ; loss of appetite.
(in the plural) casualties, especially physically eliminated victims of violent conflict
- We mourn his loss .
(financial) the sum an entity loses on balance
- The battle was won, but losses were great.
- ''The sum of expenditures and taxes minus total income is a loss , when this difference is positive.
(engineering) electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work
- ''It was a terrible crash: both cars were total losses
- The inefficiency of many old-fashioned power plants exceeds 60% loss''' before the subsequent ' losses during transport over the grid
* We often use make' or ' take a loss. See
* (financial) profit
* loss leader
* loss ratio
* at a loss
* for a loss
A piece of wood or other material, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a marker or a support or stay.
* (and other bibliographic particulars),
- We have surveyor's stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.
# A piece of wood driven in the ground, placed in the middle of the court, that is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, flat car, flatbed trailer, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
(with definite article) The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
- A sharpened stake strong Dryas found.
A share or interest in a business or a given situation.
- Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake .
That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
(Mormonism) A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
- The owners let the managers eventually earn a stake in the business.
- Every city, or stake, including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men.
* (croquet) peg
* burn at the stake
* pull up stakes
* stake of Zion
To fasten, support, defend, or delineate with stakes.
To pierce or wound with a stake.
To put at risk upon success in competition, or upon a future contingency.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), (Alexander Pope)
- to stake vines or plants.
To provide another with money in order to engage in an activity as betting or a business venture.
- I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.
- John went broke, so to keep him playing, Jill had to ''stake'' him .
- His family staked him $10,000 to get his business started.
* (put at risk) wager, bet
* stake a claim
* stake out