mouse

Definitions

  • The Jumping Mouse
    The Jumping Mouse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mouse manipulate the mouse of a computer
    • v mouse to go stealthily or furtively "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"
    • n mouse any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails
    • n mouse 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"
    • n mouse person who is quiet or timid
    • n mouse a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bishop Hatto's Mouse Tower Bishop Hatto's Mouse Tower
The Mouse and the Lion The Mouse and the Lion
THE PIE MADE OF MOUSE THE PIE MADE OF MOUSE
WHERE IS THE PIE MADE OF MOUSE WHERE IS THE PIE MADE OF MOUSE
Dutchess is distracted as the mouse pie is taken from the oven Dutchess is distracted as the mouse pie is taken from the oven
Cat and Mouse Cat and Mouse
Cat, Mouse and Urn Cat, Mouse and Urn
Don't stop the plow to catch a mouse Don't stop the plow to catch a mouse

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One female mouse can produce up to 100 babies a year
    • Mouse A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow.
    • Mouse A familiar term of endearment.
    • Mouse (Naut) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping.
    • Mouse A match used in firing guns or blasting.
    • Mouse (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridæ. The common house mouse (Mus musculus) is found in nearly all countries. The American white-footed mouse, or deer mouse Peromyscus leucopus, formerly Hesperomys leucopus) sometimes lives in houses. See Dormouse Meadow mouse, under Meadow, and Harvest mouse, under Harvest.
    • Mouse (Naut) Same as 2d Mousing, 2.
    • Mouse (Naut) To furnish with a mouse; to secure by means of a mousing. See Mouse n., 2.
    • Mouse To tear, as a cat devours a mouse. "Death mousing the flesh of men."
    • Mouse To watch for and catch mice.
    • Mouse To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At birth, a panda is smaller than a mouse and weighs about four ounces.
    • n mouse A small rodent quadruped, Mus musculus, of the family Muridœ: a name extended to very many of the smaller species of the same family, the larger ones being usually called rats. Mice proper, belonging to the genus Mus, are indigenous to the Old World only, though M. musculus has been introduced and naturalized everywhere. The native mice of America all belong to a different section of Muridœ called Sigmodontes, and to such genera as Hesperomys. See cuts under deer-mouse, Arvicola, and Evotomys. [Mouse, like rat, enters into many compounds indicating different species or varieties of murines, and many other small quadrupeds, not of the same family, or even of the same order: as, harvest-mouse, meadow-mouse, field-mouse. See these words.]
    • n mouse Some animal like or likened to a mouse, as a shrew or bat. See shrcw-mouse.
    • n mouse A moth of the family Amphipyridœ.
    • n mouse Some little bird: used in composition: as, sea-mouse and sand-mouse, the dunlin or purre, Tringa alpina, a sandpiper.
    • n mouse A familiar term of endearment.
    • n mouse Nautical:
    • n mouse (a ) A knob formed on a rope by spunyarn or parceling, to prevent a running eye from slipping.
    • n mouse Two or three turns of spunyarn or rope-yarn about the point and shank of a hook, to keep it from unhooking. Also called mousing.
    • n mouse A particular piece of beef or mutton below the round; the part immediately above the knee-joint. Also called mouse-piece and mouse-buttock.
    • n mouse A match used in blasting.
    • n mouse A swelling caused by a blow; a black eye.
    • mouse To hunt for or catch mice.
    • mouse To watch or pursue something in a sly or insidious manner.
    • mouse To move about softly or cautiously, like a cat hunting mice; prowl.
    • mouse To tear as a cat tears a mouse.
    • mouse To hunt out, as a cat hunts out mice.
    • mouse Nautical, to pass a few turns of a small line round the point and shank of (a hook), to keep it from unhooking.
    • n mouse A device used in underground pipe-conduits to get cables into the tubes after the latter have been laid. It consists of a small conical piece of wood to the rear end or butt of which is fastened a washer of leather, which is a little larger than the diameter of the tube. A fine wire is attached to the block, which is then inserted in the tube, with air-pressure from an air-pump applied behind it against the washer. The leather is forced out cup-wise and converts the block into a piston which carries the wire forward to the next manhole-opening, where it drops out, leaving the wire continuous to the previous opening. A cord and rope can then be drawn through the duct and, finally, the insulated cable.
    • n mouse Any one of several small marsupials of the genus Phascogale, so called from their strong resemblance to a mouse or rat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.
    • n Mouse mows a little rodent animal found in houses and in the fields
    • v.t., v.i Mouse to hunt for mice: to pursue slyly: to prowl: to tear as a cat tears a mouse:
    • adj Mouse given to catching mice
    • v.t., v.i Mouse (naut.) to pass a turn or two of rope yarn round the point of a tackle-hook to prevent its unhooking
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Quotations

  • Walt Disney
    Walt%20Disney
    “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.”
  • Walt Disney
    Walt%20Disney
    “I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.”
  • James Carswell
    James Carswell
    “Whenever man comes up with a better mousetrap, nature immediately comes up with a better mouse.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain't happy.”

Idioms

Mickey Mouse - If something is Mickey Mouse, it is intellectually trivial or not of a very high standard.
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Poor as a church mouse - If someone is as poor as a church mouse, they are very poor indeed.
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Quiet as a mouse - If someone's as quiet as a mouse, they make absolutely no noise.
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While the cat's away, the mouse will play - People whose behaviour is strictly controlled go over the top when the authority is not around, which is why most teenagers have parties when their parents have gone on holiday. The parents are the scary authority figures, but the cat's away and the kids are the mice partying and enjoying their freedom.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mous, mus, AS. mūs, pl. mȳs,; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. mūs, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. mūsh, mouse, mush, to steal. √277. Cf. Muscle Musk

Usage

In literature:

As soon as she escapes she tries to catch the mouse, who runs for safety into the ring again, hotly pursued.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
True she runs about the house, Catching, now and then, a mouse.
"Aunt Kitty's Stories" by Various
At once there came forth a little mouse, who began running around the ball.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
A mouse-trap strangled a fifth, the gardener's mole-trap yielded up a sixth.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
When the mouse saw this, he gave a little squeak of terror, and ran back to his hiding-place.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
He could smell Danny Meadow Mouse and that made him almost frantic.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
The four little mice peeping out of the door, and the poor, frightened mama mouse and the little baby at the window.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
THE CITY MOUSE AND COUNTRY MOUSE.
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
Danny Meadow Mouse had disappeared!
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
The mouse made his meal with relish, daintily discarding the dry legs and wing-cases.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
This eye stopped by the mouse forms the collar.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
That is to say, no mouse has used it yet.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
But it does not suit every one to leave her family and her snug old mouse-hole.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
Leo had already decided to go into the mouse business.
"Make or Break" by Oliver Optic
The mouse is only about one fifth the length of the elephant's eye.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
It is sometimes called the white-footed mouse, or wood-mouse.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
In this vessel a mouse will live twenty minutes, or half an hour.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
One day a pretty young lady Mouse came to see him.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
It was Miss Mouse who came to the rescue.
"Miss Mouse and Her Boys" by Mrs. Molesworth
The barber cut off the mouse's tail.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

He loves bird and mouse.
He loves a man's lap,
And in winter light,
Paws tucked in, a nap.
"Petition" by Henri Coulette
Dame mouse patters
Black against the shadow grey;
Dame mouse patters
Grey against the black.
"Impression Fausse" by Paul Verlaine
Everyone has left me
except my muse,
that good nurse.
She stays in my hand,
a mild white mouse.
"Flee On Your Donkey" by Anne Sexton
Dame mouse patters
Pink across an azure ray;
Dame mouse patters. . . .
Sluggards, up! 'tis day!
"Impression Fausse" by Paul Verlaine
Then he runs up the trunk, sure-footed and sleek like a mouse,
And perches to sun himself; all his body and brain
Exult in the sudden sunlight, gladly believing
That the cold is over and summer is here again.
"Summer-Like" by George Orwell
And down his throat went steed and saddle,
So swiftly; and O, dear me!
'Stead of her gallant mouse, the lady
Discovered, where he should be,
A monster with blood on his whiskers showing,
And dreadful looks in his eyes so knowing!
"Pussy Cat's Doing" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Homme 's remix of "Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man" drops as a download and 12 vinyl on June 14.
Veteran actor David Jason will hand animator Cosgrove the Special Award in recognition of his work on shows for youngsters, which have included classic series The Wind In The Willows and Danger Mouse.
From 1993 to 1995, Gosling was a cast member of The All New Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.
Surgically implanted window allows scientists to watch mouse cancer cells.
If anything, it's younger users who are already accustomed to easy-t0-use touch screen devices like the iPad that don't ever require you to know how to use a mouse.
One Salt Run neighbor says beach mouse gets more respect than they do.
Mickey Mouse look-alike preaches Islamism .
Watch over 20 years of mouse on cat violence right here.
Mouse over the panorama picture to see controls to look left and right.
It's why Ty Hagen, 12, of Claysburg, isn't too old to have a Mickey Mouse-themed birthday party.
Today is Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day, something to do while waiting for files to load.
Mike "Mouse" McCoy is in talks on the project about an elite commando squad transporting cargo while dealing with a global threat.
Enlarge Peggy Turbett, The Plain Dealer The kid-friendly Mickey Mouse pancake comes with two sausage links and a parent-friendly price of $2.50 at Nick's Diner on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland.
The singer tells THR he has something fun planned for his former "Mickey Mouse Club" cast mate on the NBC competition.
Like this 1983 filing for a computer mouse by Trace Systems -- are vital to the technology industry's growth and job creation.
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In science:

When the calculation is finished, LMTART notifies the MINDLab, and the output files can be visualized by simple mouse click operations.
Program LMTART for Electronic Structure Calculations
You can drag the mouse inside the window showing the plot, which will alter the view.
Introduction to Randomness and Statistics
If you want to write the transformed data to a new set, you can first copy an existing set (click on the right mouse button in the Destination Set window and choose Duplicate).
Introduction to Randomness and Statistics
Move the Mouse Cursor over all Enterable Text Boxes. Cursor should change from arrow to Insert Bar. If it doesn't then the text in the box should be grey or non-updateable.
Software Design Document, Testing, and Deployment and Configuration Management of the UUIS - a Team 1 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
Selection should also be possible with mouse.
Software Design Document, Testing, and Deployment and Configuration Management of the UUIS - a Team 1 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
We are aware that the pages could also have been created by using tables. Sites like Amazon use this style and regenerate a complete new page after every mouse click.
CyberChair: A Web-Based Groupware Application to Facilitate the Paper Reviewing Process
Mouse Capturing (see Section 3.1) fails in some inner model M containing the reals and satisfying AD+ + “V = L(P (R))”.
Descriptive inner model theory
Equipped with the notion of a mouse, the inner model program can then be made more precise as follows.
Descriptive inner model theory
We say M is an L[µ]-like mouse if it is an iterable L[µ]-like premouse.
Descriptive inner model theory
S iff there is a countable L[µ]-like mouse M such that x ∈ M.
Descriptive inner model theory
When Σ is an ω1 -iteration strategy for some countable mouse then we let C ode(Σ) be the set of reals coding Σ.
Descriptive inner model theory
We have that x is in a mouse iff there is some countable premouse M such that x ∈ M and there is A ⊆ R such that A codes an ω1 + 1-iteration strategy for M.
Descriptive inner model theory
Lemma 1.21 Suppose M is a countable ω1 -iterable mouse with an ω1 -iteration strategy Σ such that C ode(Σ) is universal ly Baire.
Descriptive inner model theory
Given a self-wellordered set X we say M is a mouse over X if M has the form Lα [ ~E ][X ].
Descriptive inner model theory
The distinction between “a mouse” and “a mouse over X ” is the same as the distinction between L and L[X ].
Descriptive inner model theory
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