from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a miss which was nearly a hit or collision
- n. a scenario which ends safely but might well have ended in disaster
- n. an attempt which fails narrowly; a performance which falls just short of a certain benchmark
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an accidental collision that is narrowly avoided
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.