General English

General Science

  • noun a situation in which the amount going out is larger than the amount coming in


  • noun the amount by which spending is higher than income


  • noun the number of runs by which a side trails its opponents at a particular stage in the game, especially at the completion of an innings
    Citation ‘A heavy pessimism prompted by an overnight deficit of 373 hung over the Surrey innings from the start’ (Cyril Chapman, Guardian 1 May 1984)