Mouse n.; pl. Mice
1. Zool. 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 mouse, or deer mouse (Peromyscus leucopus, formerly 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.
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 Zool., a coly.
Mouse deer Zool., a chevrotain, as the kanchil.
Mouse galago Zool., 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. Zool. (a) A hawk that devours mice. (b) The hawk owl; -- called also mouse owl.
Mouse lemur Zool., any one of several species of very small lemurs of the genus Chirogaleus, found in Madagascar.
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.
mice n., pl. of Mouse.
n 1: any of numerous small rodents typically resembling
diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on
elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails
2: 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" [syn: computer mouse]
v 1: to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around
spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: sneak, creep,
2: manipulate the mouse of a computer
[also: mice (pl)]