Meaning of mouse by Wiktionary Dictionary
- ( RP ) IPA: /maʊs/, X-SAMPA: /maUs/
- ( US ) enPR: mous, IPA: /maʊs/, /mæws/, X-SAMPA: /maUs/
- Rhymes: -aʊs
- Any small rodent of the genus Mus
- ( informal ) A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent .
- A quiet or shy person .
- ( computing ) ( plural: mice or, rare, mouses ) An input device that is moved over a pad or other flat surface to produce a corresponding movement of a pointer on a graphical display .
- ( boxing ) hematoma
- ( nautical ) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straighening out .
- ( as ) quiet as a mouse
- cat and mouse
- church mouse
- deer mouse
- house mouse
- kangaroo mouse
- mouseable, mousable
- mouse button
- ( intransitive ) To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse ( the rodent ) ( frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around ) .
- ( intransitive ) To hunt or catch mice ( the rodents ), usually of cats .
- ( transitive, nautical ) To close the mouth of a hook by a careful binding of marline or wire .
- ( intransitive, computing ) To navigate by means of a computer mouse.
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- ( obsolete, nonce word, transitive ) To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.
- Mouse ( mous ), n.; pl. Mice ( mīs ). [OE. mous, mus, AS. mūs, pl. mȳs; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. mūs, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. μῦς, Skr. mūsh mouse, mush to steal. √277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]
1. ( Zool. ) Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridae. The common house mouse ( Mus musculus ) is found in nearly all countries. The American white-footed mouse, or deer mouse ( Peromyscus leucopus, formerly Hesperomys leucopus ) sometimes lives in houses. See Dormouse, Meadow mouse, under Meadow, and Harvest mouse, under Harvest.
2. ( Naut. ) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping. Same as 2d Mousing, 2.
3. A familiar term of endearment. Shak.
4. A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow. [Slang]
5. A match used in firing guns or blasting.
Field mouse, Flying mouse, etc. See under Field, Flying, etc. -- Mouse bird ( Zool. ), a coly. -- Mouse deer ( Zool. ), a chevrotain, as the kanchil. -- Mouse galago ( Zool. ), a very small West American galago ( Galago murinus ). In color and size it resembles a mouse. It has a bushy tail like that of a squirrel. -- Mouse hawk. ( Zool. ) A hawk that devours mice. The hawk owl; -- called also mouse owl. -- Mouse lemur ( Zool. ), any one of several species of very small lemurs of the genus Chirogaleus, found in Madagascar. -- Mouse piece ( Cookery ), the piece of beef cut from the part next below the round or from the lower part of the latter; -- called also mouse buttock.
- Mouse v. i. [imp. & p. p. Moused ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mousing]
1. To watch for and catch mice.
2. To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something.
- Mouse, v. t.
1. To tear, as a cat devours a mouse. [Obs.] “[Death] mousing the flesh of men.” Shak.
2. ( Naut. ) To furnish with a mouse; to secure by means of a mousing. See Mouse, n., 2.
Indo-European cognates include Ancient Greek μῦς ( mūs ), Latin mūs, Armenian մուկ ( muk ), Old Church Slavonic мъішь ( myšĭ ) ( Russian мышь ), Albanian mī, Persian موش ( muš ), Sanskrit मूष् ( mūṣ )
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