AskDefine | Define damage

Dictionary Definition



1 the occurrence of a change for the worse [syn: harm, impairment]
2 loss of military equipment [syn: equipment casualty]
3 the act of damaging something or someone [syn: harm, hurt, scathe]
4 the amount of money needed to purchase something; "the price of gasoline"; "he got his new car on excellent terms"; "how much is the damage?" [syn: price, terms]
5 a legal injury is any damage resulting from a violation of a legal right [syn: wrong, legal injury] v : inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

User Contributed Dictionary



From damage (Modern French dommage), from damnum.


  • /ˈdæmədʒ/ (US)


  1. The abstract measure of something not being intact; harm.
    The storm did a lot of damage to the area.
  2. Cost or expense.
    "What's the damage?" he asked the waiter.


abstract measure of something not being intact; harm
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (sǔnhài)
  • Croatian: šteta
  • Czech: poškození, škoda
  • Danish: skade , beskadigelse
  • Dutch: schade
  • Finnish: vaurio, vahinko
  • German: Schaden
  • Greek: ζημιά (zimiá) or ζημία (zimía)
  • Hebrew: נזק (nezeq)
  • Hungarian: kár
  • Japanese: 痛手 (itate), 損害 (songai)
  • Romanian: avarie
  • Russian: повреждение, ущерб, вред
  • Swedish: skada
  • Welsh: difrod
cost or expense


  1. To make something less intact or even destroy it; to harm or cause destruction.
    Be careful not to damage any of the fragile items while unpacking them.


to make something less intact or even destroy it; to harm or cause destruction

Extensive Definition

Damage may refer to:
In gaming:
  • Damage Incorporated, a computer game for Mac and Windows made by Paranoid Productions in 1998
  • Fall damage, an aspect of video games in which a character's health is reduced after falling from a significant height
  • Quad damage, a powerup in the first-person shooter computer game series Quake
  • Splash damage, a term used in several types of games
In law:
In literature:
In music:
In television and film:
In other fields:
  • Hydrogen damage, the generic name given to a large number of metal degradation processes due to interaction with hydrogen
  • Somatic damage, a disease
  • Water damage, a large number of possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material
  • Physical damage, a term used to describe being harmed.Used widely in games.It's gaining popularity.
damage in German: Schaden
damage in Spanish: Herida (desambiguación)
damage in Dutch: Schade

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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