We do not care to have any mousing Tory know just what we intend to do.
Away with such skepticism, we say, and the mousing criticism by which it is sometimes attempted to be supported.
And slowly, with his mousing walk, he led the way back to the first site.
Stevenson was once asked by a mousing astrologer to state the date of his birth.
This mousing owl will search the crannies even of a woman's wits ere he sate his appetite for discovery.
As one of family—cat (lady), elderly; would give slight services (mousing, etc.) in return for comfortable home.
A falcon, towering in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawked at, and killed.
And, mousing back through the fruit garden, he regained the verandah.
He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.
"Seem to be afraid we've been mousing round aboard their boat," muttered Spurling.
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.
Plural mice (mīs) or mouses
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.
Note: The user usually sends signals to the computer when the user depresses or “clicks” a switch. A number of slang terms, such as “click on X” or “click and drag” have arisen from the appearance of symbols on a screen when a mouse is used.