Origin: Contr. Fr. Mistress.
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 [[omi 6bd ssion]] of; to feel the want of; to mourn the loss of; to want. 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.
Origin: AS. Missan; akin to D. & G. Missen, OHG. Missan, Icel. Missa, Sw. Mista, Dan. Miste. 100. See Mis-, pref.