(A*miss") a. Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice. [Used
only in the predicate.] Dryden.
His wisdom and virtue can not always rectify that which is amiss in himself or his circumstances.
(A*miss"), n. A fault, wrong, or mistake. [Obs.]
Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss.
(A*mis`si*bil"i*ty) [Cf. F. amissibilité. See Amit.] The quality of being amissible; possibility
of being lost. [R.]
Notions of popular rights and the amissibility of sovereign power for misconduct were alternately broached
by the two great religious parties of Europe.
(A*mis"si*ble) a. [L. amissibilis: cf. F. amissible.] Liable to be lost. [R.]
(A*mis"sion) n. [L. amissio: cf. F. amission.] Deprivation; loss. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(A*mit") v. t. [L. amittere, amissum, to lose; a (ab) + mittere to send. See Missile.] To lose.
A lodestone fired doth presently amit its proper virtue.
Sir T. Browne.
(Am"i*ty) n.; pl. Amities [F. amitié, OF. amistié, amisté, fr. an assumed LL. amisitas, fr. L. amicus
friendly, from amare to love. See Amiable.] Friendship, in a general sense, between individuals, societies,
or nations; friendly relations; good understanding; as, a treaty of amity and commerce; the amity of the
Whigs and Tories.
To live on terms of amity with vice.
Syn. Harmony; friendliness; friendship; affection; good will; peace.
(||Am"ma) n. [LL. amma, prob. of interjectional or imitative origin: cf. Sp. ama, G. amme, nurse,
Basque ama mother, Heb. m, Ar. immun, ummun.] An abbes or spiritual mother.
(Am"me*ter) n. (Physics) A contraction of amperometer or ampèremeter.
(Am"mi*ral) n. An obsolete form of admiral. "The mast of some great ammiral." Milton.
(Am"mite) n. [Gr. 'ammi`ths, 'ammi`tis, sandstone, fr. 'a`mmos or "a`mmos sand.] (Geol.)
Oölite or roestone; written also hammite. [Obs.]
(Am"mo*dyte) n. [L. ammodytes, Gr. sand burrower, a kind of serpent; 'a`mmos sand +
diver, to dive.] (Zoöl.) (a) One of a genus of fishes; the sand eel. (b) A kind of viper in southern Europe.