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(MIT) 1. To fail. A program loses when it encounters an exceptional condition or fails to work in the expected manner.

2. To be exceptionally unesthetic or crocky.

3. Of people, to be obnoxious or unusually stupid (as opposed to ignorant).

4. Refers to something that is losing, especially in the phrases "That's a lose!" and "What a lose!"
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With cabin crew frantically trying to pinpoint the problem the aircraft lost height, forcing captain John Morrison to divert.
Shares in British Airways lost height, shedding 3.25p to 275.75p, after the airline raised the fuel surcharge on tickets and warned that its annual fuel bill would be more than pounds 450m higher than a year ago.
'I decided to ditch in the sea as I'd lost height. It seemed a safer option because of people's houses on the coast.
Back outside the top flight, EasyJet shares lost height after founder Stelios HajiIoannou dismissed reports he was about to take the company private.
"It appears the hot-air balloon, which was carrying heavy gas cannisters, lost height very quickly but no-one yet knows why."
Captain Piche, flying from Toronto to Lisbon, lost height. But 10 minutes later the second engine failed from the same cause.
But when they are taken away from the stress - such as quarreling parents - and placed in a more stable home, they eat and drink normally again, and catch up on their lost height, doctors in Southampton found.
British Airways lost height after it had to cancel a flight amid security fears, with shares flying 3p lower to 229.5p.
Among the biggest fallers were aerospace stocks BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce which both lost height after US aircraft giant Boeing posted a second quarter loss.
Stunned drivers on the M8 near the airport watched in horror as the plane lost height and crashed.
IF your mother has lost height or is prone to breaking bones she could be suffering from osteoporosis.