noun, plural mice [mahys] /maɪs/.
verb (used with object), moused, mous·ing.
verb (used without object), moused, mous·ing.
Origin of mouse
Examples from the Web for mice
Contemporary Examples of mice
A just-published study in the journal Nature explored how mice reacted to a diet of artificial sweeteners.Are Artificial Sweeteners Wrecking Your Diet?
September 30, 2014
Then again, are all mice with round heads and ears copyrighted by Disney?Mickey Mouse Takes Deadmau5 to Court
September 3, 2014
Without the beeps and whirs of a cellphone, you can use your ears to detect crickets, mice, or other vermin in your home.Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
And Leighton Meester pens feminist essay on 'Of Mice and Men.'Man Arrested For Posing As Johnny Depp's Stylist; Patrick Schwarzenegger and Gigi Hadid Front Tom Ford Eyewear Campaign
The Fashion Beast Team
July 16, 2014
The mice were grafted with 100% hairless human skin and then administered the drug.Can This Arthritis Drug Cure Baldness?
June 20, 2014
Historical Examples of mice
The mice, he avers, enjoyed the pleasures of the chase with composure.The Devil's Dictionary
The paper bags from which the mice had burst were still in the center of the floor.
All over the room ran the mice, and all about darted the frightened girls.
Her solicitude was no less manifest when she brought me rats or mice.
Every day he brought Jack mice and squirrels and other game as long as he lived.
noun (maʊs) plural mice (maɪs)
Word Origin 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.
Plural mice (mīs) or mouses
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.
see best-laid plans of mice and men; when the cat's away, mice will play. Also see under mouse.
see play cat and mouse; poor as a churchmouse; quiet as a mouse. Also see under mice.