mouse

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noun

plural mice ˈmīs How to pronounce mouse (audio)
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

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verb

moused; mousing

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
Phrases
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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Daniel Mota Dos Reis, 36, was suspected of stealing an Apple computer mouse, an Apple keyboard and a black Nikon camera and was charged with third-degree burglary, according to a police report. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 4 Nov. 2022 Halioua has tattoos of a worm, a mouse, and a dog: organisms used in aging research. Tom Simonite, WIRED, 13 Oct. 2022 These ports can be used for adding a keyboard, mouse, flash drive, phone charger or webcam. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Samsung DeX is a way of operating your smartphone with a keyboard, mouse, and computer monitor. Wired, 2 Aug. 2022 Featuring several exciting cat-and-mouse chase sequences, Nighthawks' gritty aesthetic is a bridge between Stallone's more grounded earlier work and his later transformation into an untouchable cinematic warrior. Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 8 Nov. 2022 With your iPhone, simply press and hold on the keyboard and the cursor will automatically become a mouse-like trackpad. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2022 Constant mouse-clicking, writing and typing can make the hands and arms cramp and leave them sore. Annie O'sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 6 Oct. 2022 For the resident gourmand in the mouse-loving household, this double-flip mini waffle maker featuring Mickey Mouse adds a touch of Disney magic to breakfast. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Sep. 2022
Verb
To see all the precincts a candidate won, mouse over the candidate's name in the legend. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 10 Nov. 2022 So users can mouse across devices and drag and drop files between them. Mark Knapp, PCMAG, 15 Mar. 2022 Volume and mute are easy to access without having to mouse over to your video application. Zane Pickett, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 The viewer can mouse over each element and read a brief description, and then perhaps click a link to access more details. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 At the end of a long day of video calls and Slack messages, workers unable or unwilling to meet up at the bar can mouse over to another tab for some virtual socialization on apps such as Discord and Clubhouse. Brian Contreras, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Zoom in on the map to find individual restaurants and mouse over locations to access the latest state inspection reports. Orlando Sentinel Staff, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Mar. 2021 In what will be the office of incoming press secretary Jen Psaki, a computer keyboard and mouse on her desk were encased in plastic. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, 20 Jan. 2021 Nonadjustable armrest height and width means this chair won't support keyboard and mouse hands properly for many, if not most, people. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 1 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mouse. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

mouse 1 of 2

noun

plural mice ˈmīs How to pronounce mouse (audio)
1
: any of numerous small rodents with pointed snout, rather small ears, and a slender usually nearly hairless tail
2
: a person without spirit or courage
3
: a small hand-operated device used for computer input (as to control cursor movement on the display screen)

mouse

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verb

moused; mousing
1
: to hunt mice
2
: to search or move slyly and carefully (as a cat hunting mice)
3
: to search for carefully
mouse out a scandal

Medical Definition

plural mice ˈmīs How to pronounce mouse (audio)
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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