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Meaning of mouse by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A mouse ( rodent ).
    A computer mouse.


    • ( RP ) IPA: /maʊs/, X-SAMPA: /maUs/
    • ( US ) enPR: mous, IPA: /maʊs/, /mæws/, X-SAMPA: /maUs/
    • Rhymes: -aʊs


    From Middle English mous, from Old English mūs, from Proto-Germanic *mūs, from Proto-Indo-European *muh₂s .


    mouse ( plural: mice )

    1. Any small rodent of the genus Mus
    2. ( informal ) A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent .
    3. A quiet or shy person .
    4. ( 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 .
    5. ( boxing ) hematoma
    6. ( 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 .


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    mouse ( third-person singular simple present mouses present participle mousing, simple past and past participle moused )

    1. ( intransitive ) To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse ( the rodent ) ( frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around ) .
    2. ( intransitive ) To hunt or catch mice ( the rodents ), usually of cats .
    3. ( transitive, nautical ) To close the mouth of a hook by a careful binding of marline or wire .
      Captain Higgins moused the hook with a bit of marline to prevent the block beckets from falling out under slack .
    4. ( intransitive, computing ) To navigate by means of a computer mouse.
    5. ( obsolete, nonce word, transitive ) To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.

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    See also

    • Mouse on Wikipedia .
    • mouse ( computing ) on Wikipedia .
    • Commons-logo.svg Mus on Wikimedia Commons.
    • Commons-logo.svg Computer mouse on Wikimedia Commons.
    • Wikiquote-logo.png Mice on Wikiquote .
    • Wikispecies-logo.svg Mus on Wikispecies.


Explanation of mouse by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. manipulate the mouse of a computer

    2. to go stealthily or furtively

    1. any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails

    2. a hand-operated electronic device that controls the coordinates of a cursor on your computer screen as you move it around on a pad

    3. a mouse takes much more room than a trackball
    4. person who is quiet or timid

    5. a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye

    Definition of mouse by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.