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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

near′ miss′(n.)

or near′-miss′

  1. a strike by a missile that is not a direct hit.

  2. the narrow avoidance of a collision.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. something that falls narrowly short of its object.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. near miss(noun)

    an accidental collision that is narrowly avoided

Wiktionary

  1. near miss(Noun)

    a miss which was nearly a hit or collision

  2. near miss(Noun)

    a scenario which ends safely but might well have ended in disaster

  3. near miss(Noun)

    an attempt which fails narrowly; a performance which falls just short of a certain benchmark

Freebase

  1. Near miss

    A Near Miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage; in other words, a miss that was nonetheless very near. Although the label of 'human error' is commonly applied to an initiating event, a faulty process or system invariably permits or compounds the harm, and should be the focus of improvement. Other familiar terms for these events is a "close call", or in the case of moving objects, "near collision" or a near hit.

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