mouse

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English[edit]

A mouse (rodent).
A computer mouse.

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mous, from Old English mūs, from Proto-Germanic *mūs, from Proto-Indo-European *muh₂s.

Noun[edit]

mouse (plural mice)

  1. Any small rodent of the genus Mus.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter II, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, OCLC 16832619:
      At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
  2. (informal) A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent.
  3. A quiet or shy person.
  4. (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.
  5. (boxing) Hematoma.
  6. (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 straightening out.
  7. (obsolete) A familiar term of endearment.
    • c. 1599–1602, Shakespeare, William, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4:
      Let the bloat King tempt you again to bed, / Pinch wanton on your cheek, call you his mouse
  8. A match used in firing guns or blasting.
  9. (set theory) A small model of (a fragment of) Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory with desirable properties (depending on the context).
  10. (historical) A small cushion for a woman's hair.

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  • French: souris (semantic loan)

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Verb[edit]

mouse (third-person singular simple present mouses, present participle mousing, simple past and past participle moused)

  1. (intransitive) To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around).
  2. (intransitive) To hunt or catch mice (the rodents), usually of cats.
  3. (transitive, 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.
  4. (intransitive, computing) To navigate by means of a computer mouse.
    • 1988, MacUser: Volume 4
      I had just moused to the File menu and the pull-down menu repeated the menu bar's hue a dozen shades lighter.
    • 2009, Daniel Tunkelang, Faceted Search (page 35)
      Unlike the Flamenco work, the Relation Browser allows users to quickly explore a document space using dynamic queries issued by mousing over facet elements in the interface.
  5. (obsolete, nonce word, transitive) To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.
    • Shakespeare
      [Death] mousing the flesh of men.

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Chinese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English mouse.

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mouse

  1. (Hong Kong Cantonese, computing) mouse (Classifier: c;  c)

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Dialectal synonyms of 鼠標 (“computer mouse”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 鼠標器 Mainland China滑鼠 Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia
Mandarin Beijing 鼠標
Taiwan 滑鼠
Malaysia 滑鼠
Singapore 滑鼠
Cantonese Hong Kong 滑鼠mouse
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 滑鼠
Liudui (S. Sixian) 滑鼠
Hsinchu (Hailu) 滑鼠
Dongshi (Dabu) 滑鼠
Zhuolan (Raoping) 滑鼠
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 滑鼠
Min Nan Xiamen 鼠標
Quanzhou 鼠標
Zhangzhou 鼠標
Taipei 滑鼠
Kaohsiung 滑鼠

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English mouse.

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  • IPA(key): /mau̯z/, [mäu̯z̪], /mau̯s/, [mäu̯s̪]

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mouse m (invariable)

  1. (computing, computer hardware) mouse (for a PC)

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mouse

  1. Alternative form of mous

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English mouse.

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mouse m (plural mouses)

  1. (Brazil, computer hardware) mouse (input device used to move a pointer on the screen)
  2. (Brazil, loosely) pointer; cursor (moving icon that indicates the position of the mouse)

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For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:mouse.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English mouse.

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mouse n (plural mouse-uri)

  1. (computing) mouse (for a PC)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English mouse. Doublet of mur.

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mouse m (plural mouses)

  1. (computing, chiefly Latin America) mouse (input device)

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