Definitions for: Mouse

[n] any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails
[n] 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 mouse is a ball that rolls on the surface of the pad; "a mouse takes much more room than a trackball"
[v] manipulate the mouse of a computer
[v] to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"

Webster (1913) Definition: Mouse (mous), n.; pl. Mice (m[imac]s). [OE. mous, mus,
AS. m[=u]s, pl. m[=y]s; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. &
Icel. m[=u]s, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr.
my^s, Skr. m[=u]sh mouse, mush to steal. [root]277. Cf.
Muscle, Musk.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents
belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of
the family Murid[ae]. 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.

2. (Naut.)
(a) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to
prevent a running eye from slipping.
(b) Same as 2d Mousing, 2.

3. A familiar term of endearment. --Shak.

4. A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow. [Slang]

5. A match used in firing guns or blasting.

Field mouse, Flying mouse, etc. See under Field,
Flying, etc.

Mouse bird (Zo["o]l.), a coly.

Mouse deer (Zo["o]l.), a chevrotain, as the kanchil.

Mouse galago (Zo["o]l.), a very small West American galago
(Galago murinus). In color and size it resembles a
mouse. It has a bushy tail like that of a squirrel.

Mouse hawk. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A hawk that devours mice.
(b) The hawk owl; -- called also mouse owl.

Mouse lemur (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of very
small lemurs of the genus Chirogaleus, found in

Mouse piece (Cookery), the piece of beef cut from the part
next below the round or from the lower part of the latter;
-- called also mouse buttock.

Mouse, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Moused; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To watch for and catch mice.

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

Mouse, v. t.
1. To tear, as a cat devours a mouse. [Obs.] ``[Death]
mousing the flesh of men.'' --Shak.

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

Synonyms: creep, pussyfoot, sneak, steal

See Also: electronic device, field mouse, fieldmouse, gnawer, gnawing animal, harvest mouse, house mouse, manipulate, Micromyx minutus, mouse button, Mus musculus, nude mouse, rodent, slip away, sneak away, sneak off, sneak out, steal away, walk, wood mouse

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