What does mouse mean?

Definitions for mouse
maʊs; maʊz; maɪsmouse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mouse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mouse(noun)

    any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails

  2. shiner, black eye, mouse(noun)

    a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye

  3. mouse(noun)

    person who is quiet or timid

  4. mouse, computer mouse(verb)

    a hand-operated electronic device that controls the coordinates of a cursor on your computer screen as you move it around on a pad; on the bottom of the device is a ball that rolls on the surface of the pad

    "a mouse takes much more room than a trackball"

  5. sneak, mouse, creep, pussyfoot(verb)

    to go stealthily or furtively

    "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"

  6. mouse(verb)

    manipulate the mouse of a computer

Wiktionary

  1. mouse(Noun)

    Any small rodent of the genus Mus

    Etymology: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

  2. mouse(Noun)

    A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent.

    Etymology: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

  3. mouse(Noun)

    A quiet or shy person.

    Etymology: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

  4. mouse(Noun)

    (plural mice or, rarely, mouses) An input device that is moved over a pad or other flat surface to produce a corresponding movement of a pointer on a graphical display.

    Etymology: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

  5. mouse(Noun)

    hematoma

    Etymology: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

  6. mouse(Verb)

    To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around).

    Etymology: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

  7. mouse(Verb)

    To hunt or catch mice (the rodents), usually of cats.

    Etymology: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

  8. mouse(Verb)

    To close the mouth of a hook by a careful binding of marline or wire.

    Captain Higgins moused the hook with a bit of marline to prevent the block beckets from falling out under slack.

    Etymology: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

  9. mouse(Verb)

    To navigate by means of a computer mouse.

    Etymology: From mous, from mus, from mūs, from muh₂s.

Wikipedia

  1. Mouse

    A mouse, plural mice, is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail, and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are locally common. They are known to invade homes for food and shelter. Species of mice are mostly classified in Rodentia, and are present throughout the order. Typical mice are classified in the genus Mus. Mice are typically distinguished from rats by their size. Generally, when someone discovers a smaller muroid rodent, its common name includes the term mouse, while if it is larger, the name includes the term rat. Common terms rat and mouse are not taxonomically specific. Scientifically, the term mouse is not confined to members of Mus for example, but also applies to species from other genera such as the deer mouse, Peromyscus. Domestic mice sold as pets often differ substantially in size from the common house mouse. This is attributable both to breeding and to different conditions in the wild. The best-known strain, the white lab mouse, has more uniform traits that are appropriate to its use in research. Cats, wild dogs, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and even certain kinds of arthropods have been known to prey heavily upon mice. Nevertheless, because of its remarkable adaptability to almost any environment, the mouse is one of the most successful mammalian genera living on Earth today. Mice, in certain contexts, can be considered vermin which are a major source of crop damage, causing structural damage and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. In North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse excrement has been linked to hantavirus, which may lead to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Primarily nocturnal animals, mice compensate for their poor eyesight with a keen sense of hearing, and rely especially on their sense of smell to locate food and avoid predators.Mice build long intricate burrows in the wild. These typically have long entrances and are equipped with escape tunnels or routes. In at least one species, the architectural design of a burrow is a genetic trait.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mouse(noun)

    any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridae. The common house mouse (Mus musculus) is found in nearly all countries. The American white-footed, or deer, mouse (Hesperomys leucopus) sometimes lives in houses. See Dormouse, Meadow mouse, under Meadow, and Harvest mouse, under Harvest

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

  2. Mouse(noun)

    a knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

  3. Mouse(noun)

    same as 2d Mousing, 2

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

  4. Mouse(noun)

    a familiar term of endearment

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

  5. Mouse(noun)

    a dark-colored swelling caused by a blow

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

  6. Mouse(noun)

    a match used in firing guns or blasting

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

  7. Mouse(verb)

    to watch for and catch mice

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

  8. Mouse(verb)

    to watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

  9. Mouse(verb)

    to tear, as a cat devours a mouse

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

  10. Mouse(verb)

    to furnish with a mouse; to secure by means of a mousing. See Mouse, n., 2

    Etymology: [OE. mous, mus, AS. ms, pl. ms; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. ms, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. msh mouse, mush to steal. 277. Cf. Muscle, Musk.]

Freebase

  1. Mouse

    In computing, a mouse is a pointing device that functions by detecting two-dimensional motion relative to its supporting surface. Physically, a mouse consists of an object held under one of the user's hands, with one or more buttons. The mouse sometimes features other elements, such as "wheels", which allow the user to perform various system-dependent operations, or extra buttons or features that can add more control or dimensional input. The mouse's motion typically translates into the motion of a pointer on a display, which allows for fine control of a graphical user interface.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mouse

    mows, n. a little rodent animal found in houses and in the fields:—pl. Mice (mīs): one of various animals like the mouse, the flitter-mouse, shrew-mouse: part of a hind-leg of beef, next the round—also Mouse′-butt′ock and Mouse′-piece: a match for firing a cannon or mine: a small cushion for a woman's hair: (slang) a black eye, or discoloured swelling: a term of endearment.—v.t. and v.i. (mowz), to hunt for mice: to pursue slyly: to prowl: to tear as a cat tears a mouse: (naut.) to pass a turn or two of rope yarn round the point of a tackle-hook to prevent its unhooking.—ns. Mouse′-ear, a name of several plants with soft leaves shaped like a mouse's ear; Mouse′-hole, a hole for mice: a small hole or opening; Mouse′-hunt (Shak.), a mouser; Mouse′kin, Mous′ie, a young mouse; Mous′er, a catcher of mice; Mous′ery, a resort of mice; Mouse′-sight, myopia; Mouse′tail, a small plant with a spike of seed-vessels very like the tail of a mouse; Mouse′-trap, a trap for catching mice; Mous′ing, act of catching mice.—adj. given to catching mice.—adj. Mous′y, like a mouse in colour or smell: abounding with mice. [A.S. mús, pl. mýs; Ger. maus, L. and Gr. mus.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. MOUSE

    The frequent cause of a rise in cotton. All gone to 6's and 7's--Ladies' Footwear in Chicago. N Time and tide wait for no man--But time always stands still for a woman of thirty. NATURE The author of "The Seasons," an interesting work over which Spring pours, Summer smiles, and Autumn turns the leaves while Winter catches the drift of it all.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mouse

    A kind of ball or knob, wrought on the collars of stays by means of spun-yarn, higher parcelling, &c. The mouse prevents the running eye from slipping. (See PUDDENING.) Also, a match used in firing a mine. Also, a mark made upon braces and other ropes, to show their squaring or tallying home.--To mouse a hook, to put a turn or two of rope-yarn round the point of a tackle-hook and its neck to prevent its unhooking.--To raise a mouse, to strike a blow which produces a lump.

Editors Contribution

  1. mouse

    A type of electronic device and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    A computer mouse comes in many forms, some you connect with a cable to a computer, some are wireless, some they function by moving, others you move via a ball on a support.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2017  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mouse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3451

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mouse' in Nouns Frequency: #1459

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mouse in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mouse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of mouse in a Sentence

  1. Richard B.:

    It only takes a single ping-pong ball to start a chain reaction when you throw it into a room full of loaded mouse traps.

  2. Steve Jobs:

    We are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers – and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse.

  3. Lizzy Gardiner:

    I was looking for an American symbol. A Coca-Cola bottle or a Mickey Mouse would have been ridiculous, doing anything with the American flag would have been insulting, and Cadillac hub caps were just too uncomfortable. (speaking about the dress she wore made of American Express Cards)

  4. Proverb:

    It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands.

  5. Craig Fox:

    Moving molecules around that are very complicated is so much easier by grabbing them than by trying to use a mouse on a keyboard.

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