Definition of mouse in English:
Pronunciation: /mous /(plural mice /mīs/)
1A small rodent that typically has a pointed snout, relatively large ears and eyes, and a long tail.
- Family Muridae: many genera and numerous species. Also, some species in the families Heteromyidae, Zapodidae, and Muscardinidae
- Experiments revealed the same cells that have also been discovered in rats, gophers, gerbils, mice, and hamsters.
- He says that, unlike rats and mice, the rodents give birth to only one offspring at a time, so a precautionary approach should be taken toward their conservation.
- They play a very important role in controlling the populations of destructive rodents such as mice and rats, their preferred and primary food items.
1.2A shy, timid, and quiet person.
- The Warren brothers snickered, amused by the sight of their strict teacher suddenly turned into a timid mouse.
- It was Emma, the quiet mouse from the lunch table who, lately, had been looking slimmer and more awake than usual.
- If you are a quiet mouse you can never become a social butterfly.
2A dull light brown color reminiscent of a mouse’s fur: her blonde hair dulled to mouse
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- The red accented her usually dull brown eyes and contrasted nicely with her normally mouse-brown hair, also bringing out natural blush in her cheeks.
- As if on cue, a girl with shoulder-length mouse brown hair walked right by him, those ever-cautious eyes lost in some daydream.
- The teacher came in, a somewhat large, dimple-faced woman with mouse brown hair tied in a neat bun and sharp glasses perched on the tip of her nose.
3 (plural also mouses) A small handheld device that is dragged across a flat surface to move the cursor on a computer screen, typically having buttons that are pressed to control functions.
- I blinked and moved the mouse around the computer screen, clicking on the Internet icon.
- That's right - there was no need to reach for cursor keys, function keys or a mouse to move the cursor or execute a command.
- Most people use a computer by moving a mouse, which directs a cursor around on the machine's screen.
Pronunciation: /mouz /[no object] Back to top
2 [with adverbial of direction] Use a mouse to move a cursor on a computer screen: simply mouse over any item in the list
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- Many navigation schemes use cascading menus: The top or side of the page lists choices that, when moused over or clicked on, open successive levels of submenus.
- Clicking on or mousing over a category reveals the links it contains.
- To be honest, I think it had more to do with mousing around my screen than dragging myself up and down a swimming pool, but either way it's probably just as well I never made it back there this evening.
- Example sentences
- The flowers do not bloom until nightfall, when they emit a mouse-like odour, and bats visit them for nectar and pollen.
- This mouse-like animal flies at night and sleeps in the day by hanging from the branches of trees.
- Participants were asked to move a computer mouse-like device (hereafter called stylus) from different starting positions shown on the computer screen, and to immobilize it on a target also shown on the computer screen.