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Definition: To miss stays
(st[=a]), n. [AS. st[ae]g, akin to D., G., Icel.,
Sw., & Dan. stag; cf. OF. estai, F. ['e]tai, of Teutonic
A large, strong rope, employed to support a mast, by being
extended from the head of one mast down to some other, or to
some part of the vessel. Those which lead forward are called
fore-and-aft stays; those which lead to the vessel's side are
called backstays. See Illust. of Ship
, or Hove in stays
(Naut.), in the act or
situation of staying, or going about from one tack to
another. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
(Naut.), openings in the edge of a staysail
through which the hanks pass which join it to the stay.
(Naut.), a tackle attached to a stay and used
for hoisting or lowering heavy articles over the side.
To miss stays
(Naut.), to fail in the attempt to go about.
(Naut.), a rope secured at the ends to the
heads of the foremast and mainmast with thimbles spliced
to its bight into which the stay tackles hook.
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Missed
(m[i^]st); p. pr. &
vb. n. Missing
.] [AS. missan; akin to D. & G. missen, OHG.
missan, Icel. missa, Sw. mista, Dan. miste. [root]100. See
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; as, to miss an absent
loved one. --Shak.
Neither missed we anything . . . Nothing was missed
of all that pertained unto him. --1 Sam. xxv.
What by me thou hast lost, thou least shalt miss.
To miss stays
. (Naut.) See under Stay