mousing

[mou-zing]

Origin:
1825–35; mouse + -ing1

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mouse

[n. mous; v. mouz]
noun, plural mice [mahys] .
1.
any of numerous small Old World rodents of the family Muridae, especially of the genus Mus, introduced widely in other parts of the world.
2.
any similar small animal of various rodent and marsupial families.
3.
a quiet, timid person.
4.
Computers. a palm-sized, button-operated pointing device that can be used to move, select, activate, and change items on a computer screen. Compare joystick ( def 2 ), stylus ( def 3 ).
5.
Informal. a swelling under the eye, caused by a blow or blows; black eye.
6.
Slang. a girl or woman.
verb (used with object), moused, mousing.
7.
to hunt out, as a cat hunts out mice.
8.
Nautical. to secure with a mousing.
verb (used without object), moused, mousing.
9.
to hunt for or catch mice.
10.
to prowl about, as if in search of something: The burglar moused about for valuables.
11.
to seek or search stealthily or watchfully, as if for prey.
12.
Computers. to use a mouse to move the cursor on a computer screen to any position.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English mous (plural mis), Old English mūs (plural mȳs); cognate with German Maus, Old Norse mūs, Latin mūs, Greek mŷs

mouselike, adjective

1. mice, mouses ; 2. mouse, mousse.
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mouse
 
n , pl mice
1.  fieldmouse harvest mouse See also house mouse any of numerous small long-tailed rodents of the families Muridae and Cricetidae that are similar to but smaller than ratsRelated: murine
2.  any of various related rodents, such as the jumping mouse
3.  a quiet, timid, or cowardly person
4.  computing a hand-held device used to control the cursor movement and select computing functions without keying
5.  slang a black eye
6.  nautical another word for mousing
 
vb
7.  to stalk and catch (mice)
8.  (intr) to go about stealthily
9.  (tr) nautical to secure (a hook) with mousing
 
Related: murine
 
[Old English mūs; compare Old Saxon mūs, German Maus, Old Norse mūs, Latin mūs, Greek mūs]
 
'mouselike
 
adj

mousing (ˈmaʊzɪŋ)
 
n
nautical a lashing, shackle, etc, for closing off a hook to prevent a load from slipping off

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Word Origin & History

mouse
O.E. mus "small rodent," also "muscle," from P.Gmc. *mus (cf. O.N., O.Fris., M.Du. mus, Ger. Maus "mouse"), from PIE *muHs- (cf. Skt. mus "mouse, rat," O.Pers. mush "mouse," O.C.S. mysu, L. mus, Lith. muse "mouse," Gk. mys "mouse, muscle"). Plural form mice (O.E. mys) shows effects of
i-mutation. Meaning "black eye" (or other discolored lump) is from 1842. Computer sense is from 1965, though applied to other things resembling a mouse in shape since 1750, mainly nautical. Mousetrap is from c.1475 (O.E. had musfealle).
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mouse   (mous)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural mice (mīs) or mouses
A hand-held input device that is moved about on a flat surface to direct the cursor on a computer screen. It also has buttons for activating computer functions. The underside of a mechanical mouse contains a rubber-coated ball that rotates as the mouse is moved; optical sensors detect the motion and move the screen pointer correspondingly. An optical mouse is cordless and uses reflections from an LED to track the mouse's movement over a special reflective mat which is marked with a grid that acts as a frame of reference.
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mouse definition


A common device that allows the user to reposition an arrow on their computer screen in order to activate desired applications. The term mouse comes from the appearance of the device, with the cord to the main computer being seen as a tail of sorts.

Note: The user usually sends signals to the computer when the user depresses or “clicks” a switch. A number of slang terms, such as “click on X” or “click and drag” have arisen from the appearance of symbols on a screen when a mouse is used.
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Bible Dictionary

Mouse definition


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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Example sentences
She adores him and has since moved so he doesn't have to work at mousing.
In heavy snow, the red fox will use a technique called mousing to find and hunt
  small prey.
But instead of typing, you can do a lot of clicking and mousing these days.
Armrests do not interfere with access to keying, mousing, or writing surfaces.
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