Miss, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Missed p. pr. & vb. n. Missing.]
1. To fail of hitting, reaching, getting, finding, seeing, hearing, etc.; as, to miss the mark one shoots at; to miss the train by being late; to miss opportunites of getting knowledge; to miss the point or meaning of something said.
When a man misses his great end, happiness, he will acknowledge he judged not right. --Locke.
2. To omit; to fail to have or to do; to get without; to dispense with; -- now seldom applied to persons.
She would never miss, one day,
A walk so fine, a sight so gay. --Prior.
We cannot miss him; he does make our fire,
Fetch in our wood. --Shak.
3. To discover the absence or omission of; to feel the want of; to mourn the loss of; to want; as, to miss an absent loved one.
Neither missed we anything . . . Nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him. --1 Sam. xxv. 15, 21.
What by me thou hast lost, thou least shalt miss. --Milton.
To miss stays. Naut. See under Stay.
adj : not caught with the senses or the mind; "words lost in the
din" [syn: lost]