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. 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." -- Milton.
To miss stays
(Naut.) See under Stay.