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Meaning of MOUSE

Pronunciation:  maûs

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails
  2. [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"
  3. [v]  manipulate the mouse of a computer
  4. [v]  to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"

MOUSE is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
Computing Dictionary
  1. A mighty small macro language developed by Peter Grogono in 1975.

    ["Mouse, A Language for Microcomputers", P. Grogono <grogono@concour.cs.concordia.ca> Petrocelli Books, 1983].

  2. The most commonly used computer pointing device, first introduced by douglas engelbart in 1968. The mouse is a device used to manipulate an on-screen pointer that's normally shaped like an arrow. With the mouse in hand, the computer user can select, move, and change items on the screen.

    A conventional roller-ball mouse is slid across the surface of the desk, often on a mouse mat. As the mouse moves, a ball set in a depression on the underside of the mouse rolls accordingly. The ball is also in contact with two small shafts set at right angles to each other inside the mouse. The rotating ball turns the shafts, and sensors inside the mouse measure the shafts' rotation. The distance and direction information from the sensors is then transmitted to the computer, usually through a connecting wire - the mouse's "tail". The computer then moves the mouse pointer on the screen to follow the movements of the mouse. This may be done directly by the graphics adaptor, but where it involves the processor the task should be assigned a high priority to avoid any perceptible delay.

    Some mice are contoured to fit the shape of a person's right hand, and some come in left-handed versions. Other mice are symmetrical.

    Included on the mouse are usually two or three buttons that the user may press, or click, to initiate various actions such as running programs or opening files. The left-most button (the primary mouse button) is operated with the index finger to select and activate objects represented on the screen. Different operating systems and graphical user interfaces have different conventions for using the other button(s). Typical operations include calling up a context-sensitive menu, modifying the selection, or pasting text. With fewer mouse buttons these require combinations of mouse and keyboard actions. Between its left and right buttons, a mouse may also have a wheel that can be used for scrolling or other special operations defined by the software. Some systems allow the mouse button assignments to be swapped round for left-handed users.

    Just moving the pointer across the screen with the mouse typically does nothing (though some CAD systems respond to patterns of mouse movement with no buttons pressed). Normally, the pointer is positioned over something on the screen (an icon or a menu item), and the user then clicks a mouse button to actually affect the screen display.

    The five most common "gestures" performed with the mouse are: point (to place the pointer over an on-screen item), click (to press and release a mouse button), double-click to press and release a mouse button twice in rapid succession, right-click (to press and release the right mouse button}, and drag (to hold down the mouse button while moving the mouse).

    Most modern computers include a mouse as standard equipment. However, some systems, especially portable laptop and notebook models, may have a trackball, touchpad or trackpoint on or next to the keyboard. These input devices work like the mouse, but take less space and don't need a desk.

    Many other alternatives to the conventional roller-ball mouse exist. A tailless mouse, or hamster, transmits its information with infrared impulses. A foot-controlled mouse is one used on the floor underneath the desk. An optical mouse uses a light-emitting diode and photocells instead of a rolling ball to track its position. Some optical designs may require a special mouse mat marked with a grid, others, like the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer, work on nearly any surface.



    pc guide's "troubleshooting mice".

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a mouse in your dream indicates fear, meekness, and a lack of assertiveness. You possess feelings of inadequacy and not measuring up. Alternatively, it may symbolize minor irritations and annoyances.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Heb. 'akhbar, "swift digger"), properly the dormouse, the field-mouse (1 Sam. 6:4). In Lev. 11:29, Isa. 66:17 this word is used generically, and includes the jerboa (Mus jaculus), rat, hamster (Cricetus), which, though declared to be unclean animals, were eaten by the Arabs, and are still eaten by the Bedouins. It is said that no fewer than twenty-three species of this group ('akhbar=Arab. ferah) of animals inhabit Palestine. God "laid waste" the people of Ashdod by the terrible visitation of field-mice, which are like locusts in their destructive effects (1 Sam. 6:4, 11, 18). Herodotus, the Greek historian, accounts for the destruction of the army of Sennacherib (2 Kings 19:35) by saying that in the night thousands of mice invaded the camp and gnawed through the bow-strings, quivers, and shields, and thus left the Assyrians helpless. (See SENNACHERIB.)

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