American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A narrowly avoided collision involving two or more aircraft, ships, boats, or motor vehicles.
- n. A missile strike that is extremely close to but not directly on target.
- n. Something that fails by a very narrow margin: Her campaign for the Senate was a near miss.
- n. a miss which was nearly a hit or collision
- n. by extension a scenario which ends safely but might well have ended in disaster
- n. by extension an attempt which fails narrowly; a performance which falls just short of a certain benchmark
- n. an accidental collision that is narrowly avoided
- Blend of near thing and miss1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The story had everything: eccentric outsiders, mysterious technology, eye-kicking shots of the wild, even a near miss with a mag-lev train.”
“Then Killeen noticed a small dark patch on Waugh's boot, a flaw perhaps struck by a near miss during the attack.”
“Sergeant Al Hobbs temporarily abandoned the shelter of his trench to go to the aid of two soldiers partially buried by a near miss on a nearby trench, and got back unscathed but trembling from the attempt.”
“Another shuttle near miss occurred on STS-112 when a circuit failure resulted in only one set of the hold-down bolt initiators firing at liftoff.”
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