Definition of Near miss

1. Noun. An accidental collision that is narrowly avoided.

Generic synonyms: Misadventure, Mischance, Mishap

Definition of Near miss

1. Noun. a miss which was nearly a hit or collision ¹

2. Noun. (by extension) a scenario which ends safely but might well have ended in disaster ¹

3. Noun. (by extension) an attempt which fails narrowly; a performance which falls just short of a certain benchmark ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Near Miss

near-death experiences
near-minimal pair
near-minimal pairs
near-total thyroidectomy
near beer
near drowning
near field
near fields
near gale
near infrared
near miss (current term)
near misses
near point
near point of convergence
near point of the eye
near points
near post
near reaction
near reflex
near sight
near sighted
near term
near thing
near vision

Literary usage of Near miss

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"near miss People who like their language logical sometimes complain about this ... As originally used during World War 11, near miss described a bomb that ..."

2. An Outline of the Grammar of the Dialect of West Somerset: Illustrated by by Frederick Thomas Elworthy (1877)
"... It was a very near miss, you had not picked it in," ie that you escaped a thrashing. ... near miss ..."

3. Accident Precursor Analysis and Management: Reducing Technological Risk by Vicki M. Bier, Howard Kunreuther, James R. Phimister (2004)
"For instance, when the necessary exacerbating factors are highly likely, the precursor is called a near miss. For example, running a red light in a busy ..."

4. Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research by American Society for Psychical Research (1911)
"I could t be sure of anything except that it was not near Miss Burton d was near Mrs. ... I could not get a ,ce of it near Miss Burton's face or mouth. ..."

5. The Military Dictionary (1987)
"NDA—See national defense area. near miss—(DOD, NATO) Any circumstances in ... near miss (aircraft)—(DOD) Any circumstance in flight where the degree of ..."

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