verb (mouses, mousing, moused, moused)
- Any small rodent of the genus Mus
- (informal) One of the many small rodent and marsupial species that resemble .
- A quiet or shy person.
- (computing) (plural mice or, rarely, mouses) An input device that is moved over a pad or other flat surface, its movement being converted into a corresponding movement of a pointer on a graphical display.
- (intransitive) To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around).
- (intransitive) To hunt or catch mice (the rodents).
- (context, transitive, nautical) To close the mouth of a hook by a careful binding of marline or wire.
Etymology: From (term, mous), from (term, mus, mÅs). Cognate with modern Icelandic (term, mís), Persian (fa-Arab, ÙÙ) (mush).
- Captain Higgins moused the hook with a bit of marline to prevent the block beckets from falling out under slack.
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