miss-, mis-, -miss, -mis, mit-, mitt-, -mit, -mitt
(Latin: to send, to let go, to cause to go; to throw, to hurl, to cast)
2. To cause or to permit to enter; to introduce or to admit.
2. The sacrament of the Eucharist.
3. A musical setting of certain parts of the Mass; especially, the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei.
From Ecclesiastical Latin missa, past participle of mittere, "to send" (away); so called from the words of dismissal at the end of the service: Ite, missa est, "Go, (the congregation) is dismissed" or "Go, it (the prayer) has been sent." The phrase in Latin has also been interpreted to mean: "Go, it is the dismissal" or "Go, dismissed."
To repeat, the phrase ite, missa est refers to the dismissal of the congregation at the end of the Mass with this literal translation: "Go, it has been sent on its way" or "Go, the mass is ended."
2. A chaotic, confused, or troublesome state or situation: "The government plan turned out to be a complete mess."
3. Someone, or something, in a confused, dirty, or untidy condition.
4. A place where, or a time when, a group of people; especially, members of the military forces, have meals together.
5. A serving, or quantity, of food; especially, of soft or soggy food.
6. Etymology: "food for one meal, pottage", from Old French mes, "portion of food, course at dinner"; from Late Latin missus, "course at dinner"; literally, "placing, putting (on a table, etc.)"; from mittere, "to put, to place"; from Latin mittere. "to send, to let go".
The sense of "mixed food" led to the contemptuous use for "jumble, mixed mass" (1828), and the figurative sense of "the state of confusion" (1834), as well as "a condition of untidiness" (1851).
The meaning "communal eating place"; especially, a military one, is first known in 1536, from an earlier sense of "company of people eating together" (c.1420); originally, a group of four.
Messy or "untidy" is from 1843. To mess with, "to interfere, to get involved" is from 1903; mess up, "make a mistake, get in trouble" is from 1933, both originally, colloquial American English.
2. The substance of such a communication; the point or points conveyed; such as, "He gestured to a waiter, who got the message and brought the bill."
3. A statement made or read before a gathering: "A retiring coach's farewell message."
4. A basic thesis or lesson; a moral: a play with a message.
2. A prayer book.
2. A guided missile.
3. A ballistic missile.
2. An objective or task that somebody believes it is his or her duty to carry out or to which he or she attaches special importance and devotes special care.
3. A single flight or voyage of a military aircraft or a spacecraft.
4. A group of people sent to a country to represent their government, a business, or other organization.
5. A permanent diplomatic delegation in another country.
6. A body of people sent by a church to another part of the country or to a foreign country to spread their faith or do medical and social work.
7. A campaign of religious work, often including community aid at home or abroad, carried out by a church.
8. A building or group of buildings belonging to a missionary organization>
9. A center run by a religious or charitable organization offering food, shelter, aid, and spiritual comfort to needy people.
10. A body of persons sent to a foreign land by a religious organization, especially a Christian organization, to spread its faith or provide educational, medical, and other assistance.
2. Someone who attempts to persuade or to convert others to a particular program, doctrine, or set of principles; a propagandist.
3. Tending to propagandize or to use insistent persuasion.
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There was an important omission in the special report and, because it was so significant, the other staff members wanted to know why it wasn't there.
It was a serious omission that the military newspaper forgot to add an article about General Oliver's new rank as the base commander.
2. To fail to do something, either deliberately or accidentally.
3. To pass over; neglect.
4. To desist or fail in doing; to forbear.