from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Inadequacy or insufficiency: a deficit in grain production.
- n. A deficiency or impairment in mental or physical functioning.
- n. An unfavorable condition or position; a disadvantage: rallied from a three-game deficit to win the playoffs.
- n. The amount by which a sum of money falls short of the required or expected amount; a shortage: large budget deficits.
- n. A business loss.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack.
- n. A situation wherein, or amount whereby, spending exceeds government revenue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A failure or falling off in amount; specifically, a financial deficiency: as, a deficit in the taxes or revenue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period)
- n. (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing
- n. the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required
- n. a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
French déficit, from Latin dēficit, it is lacking, third person sing. present tense of dēficere, to fail, be lacking; see defect.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French déficit, from Latin dēficit. (Wiktionary)