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mouse  (mous)
n. pl. mice (ms)
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.
2. A cowardly or timid person.
3. Informal A discolored swelling under the eye caused by a blow; a black eye.
4. pl. mice or mous·es (mousz) 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.
intr.v. (mouz) moused, mous·ing, mous·es
1. To hunt mice.
2. To search furtively for something; prowl.

[Middle English mous, from Old English ms; see ms- in Indo-European roots.]

mouse [maʊs]
n pl mice [maɪs]
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) any of numerous small long-tailed rodents of the families Muridae and Cricetidae that are similar to but smaller than rats See also fieldmouse, harvest mouse, house mouse Related adj murine
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) any of various related rodents, such as the jumping mouse
3. a quiet, timid, or cowardly person
4. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) Computing a hand-held device used to control the cursor movement and select computing functions without keying
5. (Medicine / Pathology) Slang a black eye
6. (Transport / Nautical Terms) Nautical another word for mousing
vb [maʊz]
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) to stalk and catch (mice)
2. (intr) to go about stealthily
3. (Transport / Nautical Terms) (tr) Nautical to secure (a hook) with mousing
[Old English mūs; compare Old Saxon mūs, German Maus, Old Norse mūs, Latin mūs, Greek mūs]
mouselike  adj

mouse  (mous)
Plural mice (ms) or mouses
A hand-held input device that is moved about on a flat surface to direct the cursor on a computer screen. It also has buttons for activating computer functions. The underside of a mechanical mouse contains a rubber-coated ball that rotates as the mouse is moved; optical sensors detect the motion and move the screen pointer correspondingly. An optical mouse is cordless and uses reflections from an LED to track the mouses movement over a special reflective mat which is marked with a grid that acts as a frame of reference.

mouse  /mas/  n. mice /mas/ 1 any of many types of small gray or brown rodents, found worldwide: <n.pl.> Mice steal food and carry diseases. 2 fig. a quiet, shy person: He is a little mouse who cant talk to anyone. 3 (in computers) a small device for controlling computer functions: I use a mouse to choose documents from my files. mouse

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