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 Currently, many studies rely on mice, which are nocturnal, to investigate sleep. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Little, Transparent Fish Show Sleep Is at Least 450 Million Years Old," 12 July 2019 Protesters retreated but regrouped in cat-and-mouse battles lasting a few hours before calm returned. Washington Post, "Hospital staff rally for protest campaign after new violence," 16 Sep. 2019 His investigation leads him to ``The Snowman Killer,’' an elusive sociopath who taunts Hole with cat-and-mouse games. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 However, a few initial settlements among the thousands of opioid lawsuits show the regulatory cat-and-mouse game continues. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "'Clearly a game.' Opioid lawsuit settlements arranged to give drug companies a tax break, experts say," 12 Sep. 2019 Robin Wagner’s sets reach their zenith with the cutaway views of two adjoining, very swank hotel suites, setting up a clever scene of comic cat-and-mouse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Victor/Victoria’ gets a stylish staging at Moonlight, but musical’s story is stretched a little thin," 12 Sep. 2019 Riot police chased them and were seen using pepper spray, but protesters kept regrouping in familiar cat-and-mouse battles. Eileen Ng And, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong thwarts airport protest, but battles continue," 7 Sep. 2019 In reality regulators play a cat-and-mouse game with gamblers and app developers, says Mr Steinmüller, as semi-legal options pop up that are not covered by gambling regulations. The Economist, "The Chinese state manages the world’s second-biggest lottery industry," 29 Aug. 2019 An almost perfect metaphor for the film, which involves an actual surgical face swap and an intricate game of cat-and-mouse between an FBI agent and a criminal mastermind. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Former Disney blogging couple Charity and Matt Craig used the theme park as inspiration for their jewelry business, and are now selling quote bracelets to mouse lovers and beyond. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney-inspired bracelet company uses Instagram to spread message," 20 Apr. 2018 The lab mice would pick up whatever the pet-shop mouse was carrying—everything from fur mites and pinworms to mouse hepatitis—and perhaps become immunologically more like the pet-shop mouse. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "Squeaky Clean Mice Could be Ruining Research," 9 Apr. 2018 The old, timid lifer mousing through the revolving door has served so many in government for so long that surely the trick will never die. Kent Sepkowitz, Slate Magazine, "Confessions of a Washington Swamp Creature," 17 Feb. 2017 KeyRocket for Gmail Using keyboard shortcuts is always more efficient than mousing through menus, but many people don’t take the time to learn and memorize them. Michael Ansaldo, PCWorld, "4 Chrome extensions that make you more productive in Gmail," 4 May 2017

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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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5 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for mouse

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

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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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