mouse

noun
\ ˈmau̇s How to pronounce mouse (audio) \
plural mice\ ˈmīs How to pronounce mice (audio) \

Definition of mouse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous small rodents (as of the genus Mus) with pointed snout, rather small ears, elongated body, and slender tail
2 plural also mouses : a small mobile manual device that controls movement of the cursor and selection of functions on a computer display
3 : a timid person
4 : a dark-colored swelling caused by a blow specifically : black eye

mouse

verb
\ ˈmau̇z How to pronounce mouse (audio) \
moused; mousing

Definition of mouse (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to hunt for mice
2 : to search or move stealthily or slowly

transitive verb

1 : to search for carefully usually used with out
2 obsolete
a : bite, gnaw
b : to toy with roughly
mouse over
computing
: to use a mouse to position a cursor over (a specific location or element on a computer screen) without clicking the mouse's button Rich media is pretty much anything that moves when you interact with it. It can be a Flash animation, or a streaming video clip, or an image rotator that changes when you mouse over it.— Ariel Bleicher

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Examples of mouse in a Sentence

Noun The house was infested with mice and rats. He moved the mouse to click on the icon. Verb a cat mousing along in the shadows of the garden
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Russian patrols frequently monitor American patrols, sometimes playing cat-and-mouse on local roads, with the Russians following U.S. vehicles around or harassing them. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "Threading the Middle East Needle," 1 Sep. 2020 Idris Elba is dashing, brooding and brilliant in this U.K. drama that revolves around a cat-and-mouse chase between Elba’s detective and Ruth Wilson’s sultry and psychopathic murderer Alice Morgan. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 50 best TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime right now, from 'The Americans' to 'The Boys'," 1 Sep. 2020 Razer Viper wired gaming mouse for $54.99 at Amazon (normally $65). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Grab a new Roku Streaming Stick+ for $39 today," 1 Sep. 2020 The law had an immediate impact, but a long cat-and-mouse game ensued, as drug lords started buying chemicals from Europe. Cam Simpson, Bloomberg.com, "Mexico Was 18 Years Late in Controlling the Chemical Used to Make Heroin," 28 Aug. 2020 There are some clever twists in the pursuit, prolonging the game of cat-and-mouse as the man pursues her friends and family. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Russell Crowe goes on a road rage bender in 'Unhinged,' the first major national movie release of summer during the pandemic," 21 Aug. 2020 Hermione Corfield and Babou Ceesay star in Showtime's cat-and-mouse thriller about a pair of London killers on the lam. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'We Hunt Together': TV Review," 7 Aug. 2020 Attendees can listen to the act by hovering their mouse over the video and adjusting the volume on their device. oregonlive, "Oregon Country Fair to offer virtual 3D experience while festival is canceled for coronavirus," 7 July 2020 In 2017, examinations of ancient mouse teeth revealed the dawn of humans’ testy relationship with Mus musculus domesticus. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "The House Mouse First Invaded Europe 6,500 Years Ago," 26 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To figure out how cells do this, researchers tested two known for going the distance—a soil-dwelling amoeba (Dictyostelium discoideum) and mouse pancreatic cancer cells. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Watch amoebas solve a microscopic version of London’s Hampton Court Maze," 27 Aug. 2020 On some dashboards, the line graphs have each data point or segment labeled, but the graph is so small that the labels bleed together, forcing the user to mouse over each pinpoint dot on the graph to find precise info. Brian Feldman, Bloomberg.com, "The Software That’s Powering All the Coronavirus Dashboards," 14 May 2020 Most mammals at the time were closer to mouse-sized, while dinosaurs dominated the landscape. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "66-Million-Year-Old ‘Crazy Beast’ Finds a Taxonomical Home," 1 May 2020 Some companies like Just are working on growing familiar meats like turkey, pork, chicken and beef, while others are working on exotic options like foie gras, bluefin tuna and even mouse meat for pet food. Jenny Splitter / Photography Kelsey Mcclellan, Popular Mechanics, "Please Don't Call This Cultured Nugget "Lab Meat"," 20 Dec. 2019 In 2017, Microsoft began building eye tracking into the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as an assistive technology for those who were physically unable to mouse. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "These four 'Eyes First' Windows games could do for eye tracking what Solitaire did for the PC's mouse," 19 June 2019 That may tick off some right-handed gamers who don’t like power cords on the same side as their mousing hand, but MSI does at least provide a right-angle plug to make routing less obtrusive. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review: This thin gaming laptop features 9th-gen Core and GTX 1660 Ti," 6 June 2019 The Settings app has been updated to include the translucency and mouse hot-tracking effects that Fluent brings, for example. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "A look at what the Windows 10 April 2018 update brings," 30 Apr. 2018 Which could explain why the folks at Disney World aren't Mickey-mousing around. Neil Cavuto, Fox News, "Cavuto: As if we need a storm to remind us Christmas is over," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of mouse

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mouse

Noun

Middle English, from Old English mūs; akin to Old High German mūs mouse, Latin mus, Greek mys mouse, muscle

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Time Traveler for mouse

Time Traveler

The first known use of mouse was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

11 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mouse. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for mouse

mouse

noun
How to pronounce mouse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mouse

: a very small animal that has a pointed nose and a long, thin tail
: a small device that is connected to a computer and that you move with your hand to control the movement of a pointer on the computer screen

mouse

noun
\ ˈmau̇s How to pronounce mouse (audio) \
plural mice\ ˈmīs \

Kids Definition of mouse

1 : a very small furry gnawing animal that is a rodent with a pointed snout and long slender tail
2 : a person without spirit or courage
3 plural also mouses : a small movable device that is connected to a computer and used to move the cursor and select functions on the screen

Other Words from mouse

mouselike \ ˈmau̇s-​ˌlīk \ adjective

mouse

noun
\ ˈmau̇s How to pronounce mouse (audio) \
plural mice\ ˈmīs How to pronounce mice (audio) \

Medical Definition of mouse

1 : any of numerous small rodents with pointed snout, rather small ears, elongated body, and slender hairless or sparsely haired tail, including all the smaller members of the genus Mus (as the medically significant house mouse, M. musculus) and many members of other rodent genera and families having little more in common than their relatively small size
2 : a dark-colored swelling caused by a blow specifically : black eye

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