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dam·age

(dam'ij),
Harm, diminution, or destruction of an organ, body part, system, or function.
[M.E., fr. O.Fr., fr. L. damnum, loss, harm]
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At Westwind, the fire sprinkler system burst and emptied water into 11 classrooms, hallways and the multipurpose room, soaking carpets and damaging walls, computers and books.
However, they may not know that even the little, everyday things they do to their hair - like exposing it to the sun, blow-drying and brushing - are damaging factors.
But starting in October 2004, severe storms that continued through February 2005 caused several large avalanches and slides, damaging the road in 17 locations across a 10-mile stretch between Vincent Gap and Islip Saddle and leaving large piles of rocks, trees and debris.