(noun.) any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails.
(noun.) 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'.
(noun.) person who is quiet or timid.
(verb.) manipulate the mouse of a computer.
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(n.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridae. 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.
(n.) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping.
(n.) Same as 2d Mousing, 2.
(n.) A familiar term of endearment.
(n.) A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow.
(n.) A match used in firing guns or blasting.
(v. i.) To watch for and catch mice.
(v. i.) To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something.
(v. t.) To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.
(v. t.) To furnish with a mouse; to secure by means of a mousing. See Mouse, n., 2.
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v. n. . Catch mice.. Peer, search, pry about, look closely.
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n. a little rodent animal found in houses and in the fields:—pl. Mice (mīs): one of various animals like the mouse the flitter-mouse shrew-mouse: part of a hind-leg of beef next the round—also Mouse′-butt′ock and Mouse′-piece: a match for firing a cannon or mine: a small cushion for a woman's hair: (slang) a black eye or discoloured swelling: a term of endearment.—v.t. and v.i. (mowz) to hunt for mice: to pursue slyly: to prowl: to tear as a cat tears a mouse: (naut.) to pass a turn or two of rope yarn round the point of a tackle-hook to prevent its unhooking.—ns. Mouse′-ear a name of several plants with soft leaves shaped like a mouse's ear; Mouse′-hole a hole for mice: a small hole or opening; Mouse′-hunt (Shak.) a mouser; Mouse′kin Mous′ie a young mouse; Mous′er a catcher of mice; Mous′ery a resort of mice; Mouse′-sight myopia; Mouse′tail a small plant with a spike of seed-vessels very like the tail of a mouse; Mouse′-trap a trap for catching mice; Mous′ing act of catching mice.—adj. given to catching mice.—adj. Mous′y like a mouse in colour or smell: abounding with mice.
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For a woman to dream of a mouse, denotes that she will have an enemy who will annoy her by artfulness and treachery.
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n. An animal which strews its path with fainting women. As in Rome Christians were thrown to the lions so centuries earlier in Otumwee the most ancient and famous city of the world female heretics were thrown to the mice. Jakak-Zotp the historian the only Otumwump whose writings have descended to us says that these martyrs met their death with little dignity and much exertion. He even attempts to exculpate the mice (such is the malice of bigotry) by declaring that the unfortunate women perished some from exhaustion some of broken necks from falling over their own feet and some from lack of restoratives. The mice he avers enjoyed the pleasures of the chase with composure. But if 'Roman history is nine-tenths lying we can hardly expect a smaller proportion of that rhetorical figure in the annals of a people capable of so incredible cruelty to lovely women; for a hard heart has a false tongue.
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The frequent cause of a rise in cotton.
- He had thrown off the seedy frockcoat, and now he was the Holmes of old in the mouse-coloured dressing-gown which he took from his effigy. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- Before we had taken three steps, the Count's quick eye discovered the lost mouse under the seat that we had been occupying. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- I would almost as soon believe that the cat curls the end of its tail when preparing to spring, in order to warn the doomed mouse. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- The mountain may only bring forth a mouse, you know. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- A truly wise mouse is a truly good mouse. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Herr Loerke was the little man with the boyish figure, and the round, full, sensitive-looking head, and the quick, full eyes, like a mouse's. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- Come here, my jolly little Mouse! Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Some were of a soft mouse-color, and the others were white, black, and vari-colored. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- If you haven't the spirit of a mouse to defend your rights, I have. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- All I had to do was to be quiet, and I was as quiet as a mouse. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Some of these he has left on the Continent, but he has brought with him to this house a cockatoo, two canary-birds, and a whole family of white mice. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- I heard the mice too, rattling behind the panels, as if the same occurrence were important to their interests. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- Mrs. Cadwallader said you might as well marry an Italian with white mice! George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- On a table, at one side of the door, stood the cage, so well known to me by description, which contained his white mice. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- He was a big, fat, odd sort of elderly man, who kept birds and white mice, and spoke to them as if they were so many Christian children. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- He seems to be even fonder of his mice than of his other pets, smiles at them, and kisses them, and calls them by all sorts of endearing names. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Handle your tools without mittens; remember that _The cat in gloves catches no mice_, as Poor Richard says. Benjamin Franklin. Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin.
- He brought me a lovely tropical parrot in faience, of Dresden ware, also a man ploughing, and two mice climbing up a stalk, also in faience. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- True says the proverb, said Wamba, interposing his word, but with some abatement of his usual petulance,-- 'When the cat is away, The mice will play. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- I desired a lock for my door, to prevent rats and mice from coming in. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
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