Hypertext Webster Gateway: "cost"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cost \Cost\, n. [OF. cost, F. co[^u]t. See {Cost}, v. t. ]
1. The amount paid, charged, or engaged to be paid, for
anything bought or taken in barter; charge; expense;
hence, whatever, as labor, self-denial, suffering, etc.,
is requisite to secure benefit.

One day shall crown the alliance on 't so please
you, Here at my house, and at my proper cost.

At less cost of life than is often expended in a
skirmish, [Charles V.] saved Europe from invasion.

2. Loss of any kind; detriment; pain; suffering.

I know thy trains, Though dearly to my cost, thy
gins and toils. --Milton.

3. pl. (Law) Expenses incurred in litigation.

Note: Costs in actions or suits are either between attorney
and client, being what are payable in every case to the
attorney or counsel by his client whether he ultimately
succeed or not, or between party and party, being those
which the law gives, or the court in its discretion
decrees, to the prevailing, against the losing, party.

{Bill of costs}. See under {Bill}.

{Cost free}, without outlay or expense. ``Her duties being to
talk French, and her privileges to live cost free and to
gather scraps of knowledge.'' --Thackeray.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cost \Cost\ (k?st; 115), n. [L. costa rib. See {Coast}.]
1. A rib; a side; a region or coast. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.

Betwixt the costs of a ship. --B. Jonson.

2. (Her.) See {Cottise}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cost \Cost\ (k[o^]st; 115), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cost}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Costing}.] [OF. coster, couster, F. co[^u]ter, fr. L.
constare to stand at, to cost; con- + stare to stand. See
{Stand}, and cf. {Constant}.]
1. To require to be given, expended, or laid out therefor, as
in barter, purchase, acquisition, etc.; to cause the cost,
expenditure, relinquishment, or loss of; as, the ticket
cost a dollar; the effort cost his life.

A diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats. --Shak.

Though it cost me ten nights' watchings. --Shak.

2. To require to be borne or suffered; to cause.

To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe.

{To cost dear}, to require or occasion a large outlay of
money, or much labor, self-denial, suffering, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cottise \Cot"tise\ (k[o^]t"t[i^]s), n. [Cf. F. c[ocit]t['e]
side, L. costa rib.] (Her.)
A diminutive of the bendlet, containing one half its area or
one quarter the area of the bend. When a single cottise is
used alone it is often called a {cost}. See also

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the total spent for goods or services including money and
time and labor
2: the property of having material worth (often indicated by
the amount of money something would bring if sold): "the
fluctuating monetary value of gold and silver"; "he puts a
high price on his services"; "he couldn't calculate the
cost of the collection" [syn: {monetary value}, {price}]
3: value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to
obtain something: "the cost in human life was enormous";
"the price of success is hard work"; "what price glory?"
[syn: {price}, {toll}]
v 1: be priced at; "These shoes cost $100" [syn: {be}]
2: require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice; "This mistake cost
him his job"

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