- any of numerous small Old World rodents of the family Muridae, especially of the genus Mus, introduced widely in other parts of the world.
- any similar small animal of various rodent and marsupial families.
- a quiet, timid person.
- Computers. a palm-sized, button-operated pointing device that can be used to move, select, activate, and change items on a computer screen.Compare joystick(def 2), stylus(def 3).
- Informal. a swelling under the eye, caused by a blow or blows; black eye.
- Slang. a girl or woman.
- to hunt out, as a cat hunts out mice.
- Nautical. to secure with a mousing.
- to hunt for or catch mice.
- to prowl about, as if in search of something: The burglar moused about for valuables.
- to seek or search stealthily or watchfully, as if for prey.
- Computers. to use a mouse to move the cursor on a computer screen to any position.
Origin of mouse
Examples from the Web for mouse
So Western governments are caught in a cat-and-mouse game and at times it is unclear who is the cat and who the mouse.ISIS Has a Message. Do We?
December 8, 2014
Even the original score to the song labels the singing parts, “Mouse” (the woman) and “Wolf” (the man).The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic
November 19, 2014
The episode was titled “Cat and Mouse” and it follows in the pattern of classic Serlingesque plot twists.How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
November 13, 2014
In the event, in the long cat and mouse game that Stalin played with him, the cat did not pounce.When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth
November 9, 2014
In another study, children saw a puppet show where a mouse was eaten by an alligator.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
Lockwood continued to watch Duncan with the air of a cat eyeing a mouse.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
It is better to be torn to pieces at a spring, than to be a mouse at the caprice of such a cat.'Little Dorrit
The mouse gnawed a hole in the chest, and fetched out the ring.
Then the cat carried the mouse to the house in which the chest stood.
That thing had me fooled; I thought at first it was a Russian mouse hound.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- any of numerous small long-tailed rodents of the families Muridae and Cricetidae that are similar to but smaller than ratsSee also fieldmouse, harvest mouse, house mouse Related adjective: murine
- any of various related rodents, such as the jumping mouse
- a quiet, timid, or cowardly person
- computing a hand-held device used to control the cursor movement and select computing functions without keying
- slang a black eye
- nautical another word for mousing
- to stalk and catch (mice)
- (intr) to go about stealthily
- (tr) nautical to secure (a hook) with mousing
Word Origin and History for mouse
Old English mus "small rodent," also "muscle of the arm," from Proto-Germanic *mus (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Danish, Swedish mus, Dutch muis, German Maus "mouse"), from PIE *mus- (cf. Sanskrit mus "mouse, rat," Old Persian mush "mouse," Old Church Slavonic mysu, Latin mus, Lithuanian muse "mouse," Greek mys "mouse, muscle").
Plural form mice (Old English mys) shows effects of i-mutation. Contrasted with man (n.) from 1620s. Meaning "black eye" (or other discolored lump) is from 1842. Computer sense is from 1965, though applied to other things resembling a mouse in shape since 1750, mainly nautical.
Parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus [Horace]
"to hunt mice," mid-13c., from mouse (n.). Related: Moused; mousing.
- A hand-held input device that is moved about on a flat surface to direct the cursor on a computer screen. It also has buttons for activating computer functions. The underside of a mechanical mouse contains a rubber-coated ball that rotates as the mouse is moved; optical sensors detect the motion and move the screen pointer correspondingly. An optical mouse is cordless and uses reflections from an LED to track the mouse's movement over a special reflective mat which is marked with a grid that acts as a frame of reference.
A common device that allows the user to reposition an arrow on their computer screen in order to activate desired applications. The term mouse comes from the appearance of the device, with the cord to the main computer being seen as a tail of sorts.