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6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gain \Gain\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Gained} (g[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gaining}.] [From gain, noun but. prob. influenced by F. gagner to earn, gain, OF. gaaignier to cultivate, OHG. weidin[=o]n, weidinen to pasture, hunt, fr. weida pasturage, G. weide, akin to Icel. vei[eth]r hunting, AS. w[=a][eth]u, cf. L. venari to hunt, E. venison. See {Gain}, noun, profit.]

1. To get, as profit or advantage; to obtain or acquire by effort or labor; as, to gain a good living.

What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? --Matt. xvi. 26.

To gain dominion, or to keep it gained. --Milton.

For fame with toil we gain, but lose with ease. --Pope.

2. To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition; as, to gain a battle; to gain a case at law; to gain a prize.

3. To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.

If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. --Matt. xviii. 15.

To gratify the queen, and gained the court. --Dryden.

4. To reach; to attain to; to arrive at; as, to gain the top of a mountain; to gain a good harbor.

Forded Usk and gained the wood. --Tennyson.

5. To get, incur, or receive, as loss, harm, or damage. [Obs. or Ironical]

Ye should . . . not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. --Acts xxvii. 21.

{Gained day}, the calendar day gained in sailing eastward around the earth.

{To gain ground}, to make progress; to advance in any undertaking; to prevail; to acquire strength or extent.

{To gain over}, to draw to one's party or interest; to win over.

{To gain the wind} (Naut.), to reach the windward side of another ship.

Syn: To obtain; acquire; get; procure; win; earn; attain; achieve.

Usage: See {Obtain}. -- {To Gain}, {Win}. Gain implies only that we get something by exertion; win, that we do it in competition with others. A person gains knowledge, or gains a prize, simply by striving for it; he wins a victory, or wins a prize, by taking it in a struggle with others.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gain \Gain\, noun [Cf. W. gan a mortise.] (Arch.) A square or beveled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gain \Gain\, adjective [OE. gein, gain, good, near, quick; cf. Icel. gegn ready, serviceable, and gegn, adverb, against, opposite. Cf. {Ahain}.] Convenient; suitable; direct; near; handy; dexterous; easy; profitable; cheap; respectable. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gain \Gain\ (g[=a]n), noun [OE. gain, gein, ga[yogh]hen, gain, advantage, Icel. gagn; akin to Sw. gagn, Dan. gavn, cf. Goth. gageigan to gain. The word was prob. influenced by F. gain gain, OF. gaain. Cf. {Gain}, verb (used with an object)]

1. That which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase, profit, advantage, or benefit; -- opposed to {loss}.

But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. --Phil. iii. 7.

Godliness with contentment is great gain. --1 Tim. vi. 6.

Every one shall share in the gains. --Shak.

2. The obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable possessions; acquisition; accumulation. "The lust of gain." --Tennyson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gain \Gain\, verb (used without an object) To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily.

Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion. --Ezek. xxii. 12.

{Gaining twist}, in rifled firearms, a twist of the grooves, which increases regularly from the breech to the muzzle.

{To gain on} or {To gain upon}. (a) To encroach on; as, the ocean gains on the land. (b) To obtain influence with. (c) To win ground upon; to move faster than, as in a race or contest. (d) To get the better of; to have the advantage of.

The English have not only gained upon the Venetians in the Levant, but have their cloth in Venice itself. --Addison.

My good behavior had so far gained on the emperor, that I began to conceive hopes of liberty. --Swift.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

gain

noun

1: a quantity that is added; "there was an addition to property taxes this year"; "they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks" [syn: {addition}, {increase}, {gain}]

2: the advantageous quality of being beneficial [syn: {profit}, {gain}]

3: the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input [syn: {amplification}, {gain}]

4: the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating [ant: {loss}, {red}, {red ink}]

verb

1: obtain; "derive pleasure from one's garden" [syn: {derive}, {gain}]

2: win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance" [syn: {acquire}, {win}, {gain}] [ant: {lose}]

3: derive a benefit from; "She profited from his vast experience" [syn: {profit}, {gain}, {benefit}]

4: reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts" [syn: {reach}, {make}, {attain}, {hit}, {arrive at}, {gain}]

5: obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "The home team was gaining ground"; "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference" [syn: {gain}, {advance}, {win}, {pull ahead}, {make headway}, {get ahead}, {gain ground}] [ant: {drop off}, {fall back}, {fall behind}, {lose}, {recede}]

6: rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points today" [syn: {advance}, {gain}]

7: increase or develop; "the peace movement gained momentum"; "the car gathers speed" [syn: {gain}, {gather}]

8: earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month" [syn: {gain}, {take in}, {clear}, {make}, {earn}, {realize}, {realise}, {pull in}, {bring in}]

9: increase (one's body weight); "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising" [syn: {gain}, {put on}] [ant: {lose weight}, {melt off}, {reduce}, {slenderize}, {slim}, {slim down}, {thin}]

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