To miss stays. (Naut.) See under Stay.

(Miss) v. i.

1. To fail to hit; to fly wide; to deviate from the true direction.

Men observe when things hit, and not when they miss.

Flying bullets now,
To execute his rage, appear too slow;
They miss, or sweep but common souls away.

2. To fail to obtain, learn, or find; — with of.

Upon the least reflection, we can not miss of them.

3. To go wrong; to err. [Obs.]

Amongst the angels, a whole legion
Of wicked sprites did fall from happy bliss;
What wonder then if one, of women all, did miss?

4. To be absent, deficient, or wanting. [Obs.] See Missing, a.

What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

(Miss), n.

1. The act of missing; failure to hit, reach, find, obtain, etc.

2. Loss; want; felt absence. [Obs.]

There will be no great miss of those which are lost.

3. Mistake; error; fault. Shak.

He did without any great miss in the hardest points of grammar.

4. Harm from mistake. [Obs.] Spenser.

(||Mis"sa) n.; pl. Missæ [LL. See 1st Mass.] (R.C.Ch.) The service or sacrifice of the Mass.

(Mis"sal) n. [LL. missale, liber missalis, from missa mass: cf. F. missel. See 1st Mass.] The book containing the service of the Mass for the entire year; a Mass book.

(Mis"sal), a. Of or pertaining to the Mass, or to a missal or Mass book. Bp. Hall.

(Mis*say") v. t.

1. To say wrongly.

2. To speak evil of; to slander. [Obs.]

3. To discover the absence or omission of; to feel the want of; to mourn the loss of; to want. Shak.

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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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