miss: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (mis), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to fail to hit or strike: to miss a target.
  2. to fail to encounter, meet, catch, etc.: to miss a train.
  3. to fail to take advantage of: to miss a chance.
  4. to fail to be present at or for: to miss a day of school.
  5. to notice the absence or loss of: When did you first miss your wallet?
  6. to regret the absence or loss of: I miss you all dreadfully.
  7. to escape or avoid: He just missed being caught.
  8. to fail to perceive or understand: to miss the point of a remark.
  1. to fail to hit something.
  2. to fail of effect or success; be unsuccessful.
  3. See(def. 25).
  4. to omit; leave out.
  5. to fail to take advantage of, experience, etc.: You missed out on a great opportunity.
  1. a failure to hit something.
  2. a failure of any kind.
  3. an omission.
  4. a misfire.


Pronunciation: (mis), [key]
— pl. miss•es.
  1. (cap.) a title of respect for an unmarried woman, conventionally prefixed to her name or to the name of that which she represents: Miss Mary Jones; Miss Sweden.
  2. (used by itself, as a term of address, esp. to a young woman): Miss, please bring me some ketchup.
  3. (cap.) a title prefixed to a mock surname used to represent a particular attribute of the person, esp. one excessively prominent: Miss Innocent; Miss Congeniality.
  4. a young unmarried woman; girl: a radiant miss of 18 or so.
    1. a range of sizes, chiefly from 6 to 20, for garments that fit women of average height and build.
    2. the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
    3. a garment in this size range.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Mississippi.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. mission.
  2. missionary.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: