mouse[mo̵us; for v., also mo̵uz]
- 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.
- 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.
An example of to mouse is for a cat to hunt for dinner.
A cute little white mouse.
- 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 of mouse< 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 of mouseMiddle English mous ; from Old English mus, akin to German maus ; from Indo-European an unverified form mūs, a mouse from source Classical Greek mys, Classical Latin mus, mouse and amp; musculus, muscle
intransitive verbmoused, mousing
- 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
nounpl. mice mice
- a. Any of numerous small rodents of the families Muridae and Cricetidae, such as the house mouse, 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 Computers A handheld, 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.
intransitive verbmoused moused, mous·ing, mous·es
- To hunt mice.
- To search furtively for something; prowl.
Origin of mouseMiddle English mous, from Old English mūs; see mūs- in Indo-European roots.
- Any small rodent of the genus Mus.
- (informal) A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent.
- A quiet or shy person.
- (computing) (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.
- (boxing) Hematoma.
- (nautical) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straighening out.
- A match used in firing guns or blasting.
(third-person singular simple present mouses, present participle mousing, simple past and past participle moused)
- (intransitive) To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around).
- (intransitive) To hunt or catch mice (the rodents), usually of cats.
- (nautical) 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.
- (intransitive, computing) To navigate by means of a computer mouse.
Germanic cognates include Old Frisian mūs, Old Saxon mūs (Dutch muis), Old High German mūs (German Maus), Old Norse mús (Swedish mus, Danish mus, Norwegian mus, Icelandic mús, Faroese mús).
Indo-European cognates include Ancient Greek μῦς (mūs), Latin mūs, Armenian մուկ (muk), Old Church Slavonic мꙑшь (myšĭ) (Russian мышь (myšʹ)), Albanian mī, Persian موش (muš), Sanskrit मूष् (mūṣ)
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.
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.