miss1 [mis]
[ME missen < OE missan, akin to Ger missen < IE base * meit(h)-, to change, exchange > L mutare, to change]
1. to fail to hit or land on (something aimed at)
2. to fail to meet, reach, attain, catch, accomplish, see, hear, perceive, understand, etc.
3. to overlook; let (an opportunity, etc.) go by
4. to escape; avoid [he just missed being struck]
5. to fail or forget to do, keep, have, be present at, etc. [to miss an appointment]
6. to notice the absence or loss of [to suddenly miss one's wallet]
7. to feel or regret the absence or loss of; want [to miss one's friends]
8. to be without; lack: now used only in present participle [this book is missing a page]
1. to fail to hit something aimed at; go wide of the mark
2. to fail to be successful
3. to misfire, as an engine
4. Archaic to fail to obtain, receive, etc.: with of or in
a failure to hit, meet, obtain, see, etc.
a miss is as good as a mile
missing by a narrow margin has the same practical effect as missing by a wide one
miss one's guess
to fail to guess or predict accurately
miss2 [mis]
pl. misses [contr. of MISTRESS]
1. [M-]
a) a title used in speaking to or of an unmarried woman or girl and placed before the name [Miss Smith, the Misses Smith]
b) a title used in speaking to an unmarried woman or girl but used without the name
c) a title given to a young woman winning a particular beauty contest or promoting a particular product [Miss Ohio, Miss Cotton]
2. a young, unmarried woman or girl
3. [pl.] a series of sizes in clothing for women and girls of average proportions [coats in misses' sizes]

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