• WordNet 3.6
    • n mission the organized work of a religious missionary
    • n mission a special assignment that is given to a person or group "a confidential mission to London","his charge was deliver a message"
    • n mission an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters "the planes were on a bombing mission"
    • n mission a group of representatives or delegates
    • n mission an organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mission Settee Made of Quarter-Sawed Oak Mission Settee Made of Quarter-Sawed Oak

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Oral-B were the first toothbrushes to go to the moon when they were aboard the Apollo 11 mission
    • Mission A course of extraordinary sermons and services at a particular place and time for the special purpose of quickening the faith and zeal participants, and of converting unbelievers.
    • Mission An assotiation or organization of missionaries; a station or residence of missionaries.
    • Mission An organization for worship and work, dependent on one or more churches.
    • Mission Dismission; discharge from service.
    • Mission Persons sent; any number of persons appointed to perform any service; a delegation; an embassy; as, the Russian mission to the United Nations. "In these ships there should be a mission of three of the fellows or brethren of Solomon's house."
    • Mission That with which a messenger or agent is charged; an errand; business or duty on which one is sent; a commission. "How to begin, how to accomplish best
      His end of being on earth, and mission high."
    • Mission The act of sending, or the state of being sent; a being sent or delegated by authority, with certain powers for transacting business; comission. "Whose glorious deeds, but in these fields of late,
      Made emulous missions 'mongst the gods themselves."
    • v. t Mission To send on a mission.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From 70 to 80 percent of all ripe olives are grown in California's approximately 35,000 acres. In the 1700s, Franciscan monks brought olives to Mexico and then into California by way of the missions. The first cuttings were planted in 1769 at the San Diego Mission. Commercial cultivation of California olives began in the late 1800s. Today, anywhere from 80,000 to 160,000 tons of olives are produced in California each year.
    • n mission A sending of an agent or a messenger; a charge given to go and perform some service; delegation for a specific duty or purpose: as, to be sent on a mission to a foreign government, or to the heathen.
    • n mission That for which one is sent or commissioned; the power conferred or duty imposed on an envoy or messenger; a delegated business or function; an errand.
    • n mission Hence That for which a person or thing is destined or designed; predestined function; determinate purpose or object.
    • n mission An organized effort for the spread of religion, or for the enlightenment and elevation of some community or region; organized missionary effort; religious propagaudism: as, Christian missions; the home and foreign missions of the Presbyterian Church; domestic missions; the city mission.
    • n mission In the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, a series of special religious services organized to quicken the piety of Christians and convert the impenitent. The person appointed to conduct such a mission is termed a missioner.
    • n mission A particular field of missionary activity; a missionary post or station, or the body of missionaries established there; a center of organized missionary effort or of religious propagandism; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, the district assigned to a missionary priest.
    • n mission The office or establishment of a foreign envoy; the charge or post of an ambassador; a foreign legation: as, the mission to Persia; the members of the British mission at Washington.
    • n mission Dismission; discharge from service.
    • n mission Synonyms Office, duty, charge, embassy.
    • mission To send on a mission; commission.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ghengis Kahn's first conquered land was an act of retaliation. Kahn sent a group of traders on a peaceful mission to Transoxiana. The governor there beheaded their leader and sent the others back to Kahn with their beards cut off. So Kahn attacked them and continued to onward until most of Asia and Europe were his.
    • n Mission mish′un a sending of any agent, delegate, or messenger: the purpose for which one is sent: the sending out persons to spread a religion: a series of special religious services conducted by a missioner: any particular field of missionary enterprise: persons sent on a mission: an embassy: a station or association of missionaries: duty on which one is sent: purpose of life
    • v.t Mission (rare) to commission
    • adj Mission pertaining to missions
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Life without meaning cannot be borne. We find a mission to which we're sworn”
  • Pat Riley
    “Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.”
  • Richard Bach
    “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn't.”
  • Richard Bach
    “How do you know if your mission in life is finished? If you're still alive, it isn't.”
  • Arnold H. Glasgow
    Arnold H. Glasgow
    “Make your life a mission-not an intermission.”


On a mission - Being on a mission refers to acting in a determined way and so focus in doing something that he/she is oblivious of anything else around him/her.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. missio, fr. mittere, missum, to send: cf. F. mission,. See Missile


In literature:

And as he had done in the trail, so now Jolly Roger stood her away from him, and faced the Missioner.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
There it lies widest, and has the pick of water and grass between Medicine Bend and the Mission Mountains.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Nor did he fail to work miracles in proof of his mission.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
She heard of the Mission Hospital, where she might receive kindly treatment.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
By-and-bye she will get up a mission to lunatics and idiots.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Do not start and say that Phoemie Frost is ready to give up her mission; because she isn't of that sort.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Said the missions helped him.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
Would the sister be successful in her mission?
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish
Jesuit missions in 1655.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493–1898, Volume XXXVI, 1649–1666" by Various
All of that mission of twenty-four religious which sets sail in 1666 reaches Manila in 1667, except two who remain in Mexico.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 41 of 55, 1691-1700" by Various

In poetry:

Who told them that their mission was
More sacred than them all,
That they built up a platform where
The child would stand or fall?
"Sam Jones" by Frank Barbour Coffin
So thriving, not for me alone
Its beauty and perfume--
Ah, no, to rich perfection grown
By flower mission loved and known
In many a darkened room.
"Sweet Peas" by Hattie Howard
Did the Spring e'er fail of its mission sweet,
After the rush of the Northern snows?
Then why should we care, since under the earth
Sleeps the Summer rose?
"Hope" by Charles Hanson Towne
When fair Columbia ends her strife,
Ridding the negroes of the chains they've worn;
When liberty renews her life,
To all the glories of her mission born:—
"Lines, to Mr. Samuel Bamford, on his seventy-sixth birthday, February 28th, 1864." by Samuel Bamford
The warm pulse of the nation has grown chill;
The muffled heart of Freedom, like a knell,
Throbs solemnly for one whose earthly will
Wrought every mission well.
"Morton" by James Whitcomb Riley
You like the wine? It is some at the Mission,
Made from the grape of the year eighteen hundred;
All the same time when the earthquake he come to
San Juan Bautista.
"In The Mission Garden" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Sanchez and Reuland grew up in Mission Viejo, Calf.
(SPACE.com) Two days after NASA's rover Curiosity landed on Mars, comedian Steve Martin joked on Twitter that he was launching his own Mars mission to upstage NASA.
Are on a mission to have the Schnitzelbank Restaurant's bratwurst named Indiana's Best Sandwich as part of the Super Bowl festivities this week in Indianapolis.
On Monday federal agents raided a home just north of 5-mile line on Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission.
In this Ryan Baxley-directed clip, a tattooed Harley-riding badass embarks on a solemn mission to smack the pricey craft brews out of the young hands that hold them.
We're on a mission to find the best places to grab lunch in your neighborhood.
This kit featuring interchangeable lenses will protect your eyes from shrapnel and adjust to your mission.
Data are improving and becoming more available, and it is time to broaden the mission of Best Hospitals.
But what of those who have made it their mission to make power accessible to other women.
Canada's Brent Hayden digs deep, caps Olympic Mission with bronze medal in the pool (with video).
This is a district-wide mission fundraiser for Brownsville UMW.
Romney's Mission: Brush Off Attacks.
With human resources, marketing and other departments going in different technological directions, IT's new mission is to tie all the company's services securely together.
Bunker Hill en route to help Haiti mission.
A Middle Tennessee group with a mission to save lives has a new crime solving tool.

In science:

LISA: A Cornerstone Mission for the Observation of Gravitational Waves”, System and Technology Study Report, 2000.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
Although the evaluations we show have been made in the context of the Planck mission (and more specifically the Planck HFI), many of our conclusions are valid for other experiments as well.
Some sources of systematic errors on CMB polarized measurements with bolometers
The new alignment values are based on a decaying exponential fit to the offsets in a carefully selected sample of observations spanning the entire mission.
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra
It will be our mission to show how physical phenomena translate into new computer science algorithms and vice versa.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
We describe the science made possible with this mission, the design of the instruments, and results on prototype large-area X-ray detectors.
Relativistic Astrophysics Explorer