The definition of a mouse is a rodent in the Muridae or Cricetidae family, a shy person or a small hand-held device used to control the cursor on the computer display.noun
- An example of a mouse is the character Stuart Little.
- An example of a mouse is a person who is afraid of anything.
- An example of a mouse is a Logitech wireless mouse.
Mouse is defined as to hunt for something, especially mice.verb
An example of to mouse is for a cat to hunt for dinner.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
noun pl. mice
- any of a large number of small, widespread rodents belonging to various families and having small ears and a long, thin tail, esp., a species (Mus musculus) that commonly infests buildings
- Rare a girl or young woman: a term of endearment
- a timid or spiritless person
- Slang a dark, swollen bruise under the eye; black eye
Origin: < the shape, motions required for use, and trailing tail-like cord of the earliest devicesComput. a small, hand-held device that is moved about on a flat surface in front of a video screen in such a way as to move or position the cursor or part of the display
Origin: ME mous < OE mus, akin to Ger maus < IE *mūs, a mouse > Gr mys, L mus, mouse & musculus, muscle
- to hunt for or catch mice
- to seek about or search for something busily and stealthily
- to hunt for
- Obsolete to tear or rend as a cat does a mouse
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noun pl. mice mice
- a. Any of numerous small rodents of the families Muridae and Cricetidae, such as the common house mouse (Mus musculus), characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, and a long naked or almost hairless tail.b. Any of various similar or related animals, such as the jumping mouse, the vole, or the jerboa.
- A cowardly or timid person.
- Informal A discolored swelling under the eye caused by a blow; a black eye.
- pl. mice mice or mous·es Computer Science A hand-held, button-activated input device that when rolled along a flat surface directs an indicator to move correspondingly about a computer screen, allowing the operator to move the indicator freely, as to select operations or manipulate text or graphics.
- To hunt mice.
- To search furtively for something; prowl.
Origin: Middle English mous, from Old English mūs; see mūs- in Indo-European roots.
mouse - Computer Definition
A palm-sized computer navigation device that enables a user to move it about on a flat surface in order to move a cursor on the monitor.The user can position the cursor over an area of text or a navigation button and click on objects through the use of one or more control buttons on the mouse in order select items or invoke commands.
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The most popular pointing device. Called a "mouse" because the cord resembled a mouse's tail, most mice today are cordless. Graphical interfaces (GUIs) are designed for mice but key commands for equivalent functions in business applications are often available as an alternative. However, CAD and imaging applications demand a pointing device. On a PC, the mouse connects to the PS/2 or USB port (see PS/2 connector).After years of use, it is now known that mice can be hazardous to your health. Hours of clicking and dragging put a strain on the wrist (see carpal tunnel syndrome). Relative Vs. Absolute Mouse movement is relative. The cursor moves from its existing location. The mouse could be moved across your arm, and the screen cursor would move as well. The mouse-like object on a graphics tablet, which is correctly called the "tablet cursor" or "puck" is often not relative. It contacts the tablet with absolute reference. Placing it on the upper left part of the tablet moves the screen cursor to the corresponding location. See pointing device, scroll mouse, mechanical mouse, optical mouse, Magic Mouse and mickey.
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mouse - Cultural Definition
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.
- The user usually sends signals to the computer when the user depresses or “clicks” a switch. A number of slang terms, such as “click on X” or “click and drag” have arisen from the appearance of symbols on a screen when a mouse is used.
mouse - Phrases/IdiomsThe American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
mouse - Science Definition
Plural mice mice or mouses
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