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as quiet as a mouse (=very quiet)
▪ I’ll be as quiet as a mouse.
Mickey Mouse
▪ The charity has been described as a Mickey Mouse operation.
mouse mat
mouse miles
▪ What is it about vacuum flasks that makes every drink taste like there's a chunk of dead mouse at the bottom?
▪ I imagined dead mice and old wires curled recklessly in the walls, rusty pipes among antique fixtures.
▪ The desk arrived at his county office with a dead mouse in one drawer.
▪ Nobody ever said it about dead mice.
▪ But when the researchers analyzed the brains of the dead mice, they found that fewer than half harbored prions.
▪ This study exemplifies the combined use of human and mouse genetics to dissect human genetic diseases involving multiple genes and complex phenotypes.
▪ As similar as mouse brains are to human brains, mice are not men.
▪ The human and mouse eggs are about one tenth of a millimetre in diameter and are just visible to the naked eye.
▪ It's not very safe for you here, little mouse.
▪ All that money spent on fees, and for what, a poor wet little mouse.
▪ The little mice ... took notice of the pattern of that wonderful coat.
▪ Dorothy came to meet them and thanked the little mice warmly for saving her companion from death.
▪ The little mouse which had run so fast and so far would now sit still in its corner.
▪ She saw the little mouse lying dead in its corner covered in dust.
▪ At least one and usually two or more wild-type or heterozygous littermates were analysed in parallel with the mutant mice.
▪ Using virus vectors, Woo successfully inserted normal mouse genes for phenylalanine hydroxylase into cultured liver cells from the mutant mouse.
▪ In fact she was as quiet as a mouse and Ruth hardly knew she was there.
▪ Here, they are quiet as mice throughout Act 1 and are not heard to applaud at the end.
▪ Pointing at the object and pressing the right mouse button displays each object's properties.
▪ Use your trusty right mouse button to click on it, which will bring up a properties sheet.
▪ Object properties, once set, can be redefined simply by re-clicking the right mouse button.
▪ In Windows 95, the right mouse button: A.. Fires missiles.
▪ Some will let you create a new entry by just right clicking your mouse when the sender's email is open.
▪ Show Menu Move mouse over molecule, click and hold RIGHT mouse button.
▪ To change their properties you click on the right mouse button.
▪ Click on the printer icon with the right mouse button.
▪ The transgenic mouse lines also provide a source for future studies on early developmental stages of the immune system.
▪ Supermouse is known as a transgenic mouse.
▪ Transgene copy number and expression in Ea transgenic mouse lines.
▪ This indicates that the transcriptional activity of the transgenic mice is not reflected in the methylation state of the transgenes.
▪ All Ea d transgenic mice lines were healthy and transmitted the Ea d transgene to their offspring.
▪ Reforming of DNase I hypersensitive sites in Long 12 transgenic mice in a copy number dependent fashion.
▪ These transgenic mice are also of use in more classical immunological studies.
▪ Two transgenic mice were obtained of which only the one carrying two copies of the gene could be established as a line.
▪ On the table was a cage with two white mice clinging to the top.
▪ The most outrageous examples involve force-feeding massive doses of sugar substitutes to white laboratory mice, who eventually grew tumors.
▪ He bet he hadn't got any white mice either.
▪ There was a cage on the dresser with white mice running around inside.
▪ Pointing at the object and pressing the right mouse button displays each object's properties.
▪ Use your trusty right mouse button to click on it, which will bring up a properties sheet.
▪ Double-click - A mouse procedure where the left-hand mouse button is pressed twice in quick succession.
▪ Then there was the mouse button war.
▪ Object properties, once set, can be redefined simply by re-clicking the right mouse button.
▪ The right-side mouse button is one such key to using Windows 95.
▪ Mass Downloader is particularly nice, as it integrates into your mouse button menu.
▪ But debates about mouse buttons are impassioned and urgent.
▪ A single mouse click would simply highlight the item.
▪ Modify your computer so menus and desktop put your stationery, programs and favorite Web destination a mouse click away.
▪ Anyone can access a large number of atomic databases on the Internet with a mouse click.
▪ That will cost you 10 minutes and umpteen keystrokes and mouse clicks.
▪ Move back to the Program Manager, highlight the Legato icon with a single mouse click, and press the Delete key.
▪ A mouse click on a menu item would do it.
▪ It is quite convenient to simplify the problem, and instead of thinking about sea-urchin or mouse embryos, to think about flags.
▪ A quite different way of creating a chimaera is to fuse two early mouse embryos.
▪ Two cell lineage markers have been applied recently to the pre-implantation mouse embryo.
▪ It is possible to rearrange the cells of the early mouse embryo in numerous combinations and normal development will still occur.
▪ But there was nothing in the emptiness, not even a field mouse.
▪ The field mouse: Made Thumbelina an unwilling guest.
▪ Finally, in the dead of winter, she encountered a field mouse, who invited her into his den.
▪ The bedding was shredded by field mice.
▪ In the meantime, the field mouse prepared Thumbelina for her marriage to the mole.
▪ For the rest of the hunting season, the saboteurs will play a cat and mouse game with the huntsmen.
▪ The shooting was just the latest tragedy in a cat-and-mouse game played since 1959.
▪ You don't have to play these cat and mouse games with your clockwork soldiers.
▪ Its a cat and mouse game.
▪ This is done by clicking the mouse pointer either on the top right-hand upward pointing arrow or the extreme top left-hand dash.
▪ In essence, this makes the mouse pointer disappear disconcertingly when the pointer is moved on the pad.
▪ The screen tip will appear at the mouse pointer later when you hold your mouse over the image.
▪ Simply clicking on the Koopa with the mouse pointer before he gets away will trip him up.
▪ Position the mouse pointer within either window area and click.
▪ The text is entered directly from the keyboard having first selected its position between the staves with the mouse pointer.
▪ The mouse pointer can be used to place the text cursor anywhere on the document and also to activate menus and commands.
▪ Does the mouse pointer still work even if the keyboard doesn't?
▪ For a big man, he always seemed to move so silently, like a cat hoping to catch a mouse.
▪ Need to know how to catch a mouse?
▪ In the wild, a barn owl would take refuge in a barn and would probably manage to catch mice there.
▪ He purred like a cat that had just caught a mouse.
▪ One by one I caught the mice in the six traps I set every night.
▪ The screen tip will appear at the mouse pointer later when you hold your mouse over the image.
▪ Step 1: While holding down the left mouse button, slide the mouse over the text you wish to capture.
▪ Zoom Control Move mouse over the molecule, hold Shift key, click and hold mouse button and drag.
▪ Show Menu Move mouse over molecule, click and hold mouse button and wait.
▪ Here, computer-illiterate small-time capitalists can commit gaffes, like holding the mouse upside down, without being seen.
▪ Move the magnified area up by holding down the mouse button on the up arrow and stop at row 39.
▪ Chain and Heatley injected streptococci into mice and then treated some of the mice with penicillin.
▪ When the scientists injected the fat mice with leptin, they became skinny minnies.
▪ Twenty one days post-infection, flies were dissected and infected salivary glands were injected into mice.
▪ When material from the brains of these mice was injected into other mice and hamsters, it eventually killed them.
▪ Moreover, it was not harmful when it was injected into mice.
▪ Staff are more worried about moving than mice.
▪ The realistic freedom this gives you is unparalleled, although it takes a while to master walking by moving the mouse.
▪ For the rest of the hunting season, the saboteurs will play a cat and mouse game with the huntsmen.
▪ You don't have to play these cat and mouse games with your clockwork soldiers.
▪ They played cat and mouse with the Bay, now scrambling for the outside, now sneaking back in.
▪ A cat showing a mouse a bit of cheese to see what reaction he could get.
▪ The preference shown by the C57BLVCrgI mice was internally generated.
▪ The first slide showed a normal-size mouse eating a balanced diet of lab food pellets.
▪ The second slide showed a mouse that had ballooned into something out of a horror movie.
▪ It is also advantageous, although not absolutely necessary, to use a mouse.
▪ Computer users need to be trained and equipped to use mice correctly.
▪ Incidentally the Amstrad mouse driver is only MOUSE.COM and don't try using other mouse drivers because they definitely don't work.
▪ For example, players who use three-button mice with the game can use one of the buttons to look up or down.
▪ After this you can use the mouse to highlight the formula.
▪ Thousands of kids have used the computer mouse to click on objects on the computer screen and watch them move.
▪ For: Easy note entry by using a mouse.
▪ I realized that when you used the mouse, they were pointing.
play (a game of) cat and mouse (with sb)
▪ For the rest of the hunting season, the saboteurs will play a cat and mouse game with the huntsmen.
▪ They played cat and mouse with the Bay, now scrambling for the outside, now sneaking back in.
the click of a mouse
▪ As you go through the process, a summary of where you stand is available at the click of a mouse.
▪ At the click of a mouse, you can search out a book in just a few seconds.
▪ Furthermore, they are unlikely to find their complete family history ready to be downloaded at the click of a mouse.
▪ If you can connect to the world with the click of a mouse, is everyone a neighbor?
▪ Thus, once text could be copied at the click of a mouse, the traditional publishing industry would face trouble.
when the cat's away (the mice will play)
▪ a field mouse
▪ A mouse click on a menu item would do it.
▪ Bill Atkinson quickly hacked a driver program that allowed the mouse to move a cursor on the computer screen.
▪ Heatley stayed until 3.30 a.m., when all of the untreated mice had died.
▪ It was the mouse that roared, even if the mouse happens to weigh 286 pounds.
▪ The mouse controls a fly swatter.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mouse \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 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.)

    1. A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping.

    2. 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 (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.)

    1. A hawk that devours mice.

    2. 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 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.


Mouse \Mouse\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Moused; p. pr. & vb. n. Mousing.]

  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.


Mouse \Mouse\, v. t.

  1. To tear, as a cat devours a mouse. [Obs.] ``[Death] mousing the flesh of men.''

  2. (Naut.) To furnish with a mouse; to secure by means of a mousing. See Mouse, n., 2.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English mus "small rodent," also "muscle of the arm," from Proto-Germanic *mus (cognates: Old Norse, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Danish, Swedish mus, Dutch muis, German Maus "mouse"), from PIE *mus- (cognates: Sanskrit mus "mouse, rat," Old Persian mush "mouse," Old Church Slavonic mysu, Latin mus, Lithuanian muse "mouse," Greek mys "mouse, muscle").\n

\nPlural form mice (Old English mys) shows effects of i-mutation. Contrasted with man (n.) from 1620s. 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.\n\nParturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus



"to hunt mice," mid-13c., from mouse (n.). Related: Moused; mousing.


n. 1 Any small rodent of the genus ''Mus''. 2 (lb en informal) A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent. 3 A quiet or shy person. 4 (lb en computing) (''plural'' '''mice''' ''or, rarely,'' '''mouses''') An input device that is moved over a pad or other flat surface to produce a corresponding movement of a pointer on a graphical display. 5 (lb en boxing) hematom

  1. 6 (lb en nautical) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straighening out. 7 (lb en obsolete) (non-gloss definition: A familiar term of endearment.) 8 A match used in firing guns or blasting. 9 (lb en set theory) A small model of (a fragment of) (w: Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory) with desirable properties (depending on the context). v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (''frequently used in the phrasal verb'' '''to mouse around'''). 2 (context intransitive English) To hunt or catch mice (the rodents), usually of cats. 3 (context transitive nautical English) To close the mouth of a hook by a careful binding of marline or wire. 4 (context intransitive computing English) To navigate by means of a computer mouse. 5 (context obsolete nonce transitive English) To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.

  1. v. to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: sneak, creep, steal, pussyfoot]

  2. manipulate the mouse of a computer

  3. [also: mice (pl)]

  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. 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]

  3. [also: mice (pl)]

Mouse (disambiguation)

A mouse is a small rodent.

Mouse may also refer to:

Mouse (manga)

is a manga series written by Satoru Akahori and drawn by Hiroshi Itaba. It was serialized in the Japanese magazine Young Animal and published by Hakusensha between 1999 and 2004 .

Mouse was adapted into a twelve-episode anime television series written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki, directed by Yorifusa Yamaguchi, and produced by Media Factory and Studio Deen.

In 2005, Hakusensha published a one- volume manga prequel titled .


A mouse (plural: mice) is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are locally common. They are known to invade homes for food and shelter.

Domestic mice sold as pets often differ substantially in size from the common house mouse. This is attributable both to breeding and to different conditions in the wild. The most well known strain, the white lab mouse, has more uniform traits that are appropriate to its use in research.

The American white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and the deer mouse ( Peromyscus maniculatus), as well as other common species of mouse-like rodents around the world, also sometimes live in houses. These, however, are in other genera.

Cats, wild dogs, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and even certain kinds of arthropods have been known to prey heavily upon mice. Nevertheless, because of its remarkable adaptability to almost any environment, the mouse is one of the most successful mammalian genera living on Earth today.

Mice can at times be vermin, damaging and eating crops, causing structural damage and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. In North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse excrement has been linked to hantavirus, which may lead to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).

Primarily nocturnal animals, mice compensate for their poor eyesight with a keen sense of hearing, and rely especially on their sense of smell to locate food and avoid predators.

Mice build intricate burrows in the wild. These burrows typically have long entrances and are equipped with escape tunnels or routes. In at least one species, the architectural design of a burrow is a genetic trait.

Mouse (set theory)

In set theory, a mouse is a small model of (a fragment of) Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory with desirable properties. The exact definition depends on the context. In most cases, there is a technical definition of "premouse" and an added condition of iterability (referring to the existence of wellfounded iterated ultrapowers): a mouse is then an iterable premouse. The notion of mouse generalizes the concept of a level of Gödel's constructible hierarchy while being able to incorporate large cardinals.

Mice are important ingredients of the construction of core models. The concept was isolated by Ronald Jensen in the 1970s and has been used since then in core model constructions of many authors. An urban legend says that "mice" was originally a misprint for "nice", but Jensen has denied this.

Mouse (programming language)

The Mouse programming language is a small computer programming language developed by Dr. Peter Grogono in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was developed as an extension of an earlier language called MUSYS, which was used to control digital and analog devices in an electronic music studio.

Mouse was originally intended as a small, efficient language for microcomputers with limited memory. It is an interpreted, stack-based language and uses Reverse Polish notation. To make an interpreter as easy as possible to implement, Mouse is designed so that a program is processed as a stream of characters, interpreted one character at a time.

The elements of the Mouse language consist of a set of (mostly) one-character symbols, each of which performs a specific function (see table below). Since variable names are limited to one character, there are only 26 possible variables in Mouse (named A-Z). Integers and characters are the only available data types.

Despite these limits, Mouse includes a number of relatively advanced features, including:

  • Conditional branching
  • Loops
  • Pointers
  • Macros (subroutines (which may be recursive))
  • Arrays
  • Code tracing

The design of the Mouse language makes it ideal for teaching the design of a simple interpreter. Much of the book describing Mouse is devoted to describing the implementation of two interpreters, one in Z80 assembly language, the other in Pascal.

Mouse (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

The Mouse is a fictional character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. He appears in Chapter II "The Pool of Tears" 1 and Chapter III "A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale" 2.

Alice, the eponymous heroine in the book, first talks to the mouse when she is floating in a pool of her own tears, having shrunk in size:

With no response from the mouse, Alice fears that it may not speak English and attempts to speak French. Upon mentioning the French word for cat, chatte, the mouse panics. This leads to a discussion about cats and dogs, culminating in the mouse telling Alice his history.

Mouse (nickname)

Mouse or The Mouse is the nickname of:

  • Gordon Cleaver (died 1994), British Second World War flying ace
  • Mouse Davis (born 1932), American football coach and player
  • William B. Evans, Commissioner of the Boston Police Department beginning 2014
  • Edward Fielden (RAF officer) (1903–1976), Royal Air Force air vice-marshal
  • Curt Malawsky (born 1970), Canadian former box lacrosse player and current head coach
  • Ed Mierkowicz (born 1924), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Mouse Morris (born 1951), Irish racehorse trainer and jockey
  • Edgar Munzel (1907–2002), American sportswriter nicknamed "The Mouse"
  • Mouse Randolph (1909–1997), American swing jazz trumpeter
  • Bruce Strauss (born 1952), American retired journeyman boxer nicknamed "The Mouse"
  • Micheen Thornycroft (born 1987), Zimbabwean Olympic rower
  • Daniel Zaragoza (born 1957), Mexican retired boxer known as "The Mouse"

Usage examples of "mouse".

Not a mouse stirring as he walked, and there, under rolling cloud all besilvered, he saw it, the Theatre, with something like disappointment.

Aunt Six says it is all rebels and anarchists here, that there is no custom worthy of the name, that bad children gravitate to Bottommost as slow-girules to root mice.

Only the year before at branding, when an infuriated bull had driven every vaquero out of the corrals, did not Enrique mount his horse, and, after baiting the bull out into the open, play with him like a kitten with a mouse?

I figured to give Sam three nights to get the owners of his new domicile time to get used to the idea that they had more than mice in their attic, but the very next afternoon a little Italian feller with glasses and an umbrella came calling on me while I was grabbing some expresso at a local streetside cafe.

The original invoice charged for too many mice, or else gouged Mandrill outrageously.

I checked and rechecked, but Mandrill paid for two hundred twenty Webber mice, not twenty-two.

James, that could get into a melodeon through a mouse hole, more especially the big maltese you gave me.

Ruskin had designed what he felt was the perfect mousetrap, until Olga pointed out, with what seemed to be family feeling, that these mice had human brains.

Entering the colonnade, Richardson zoomed up to the ceiling and clicking the mouse twice, exploding a detailed diagram of one of the shape-memory steel tube supports for the photochromic glass panels.

The inside of that crown thing looks a lot like the ball-cavity of the mouse on my Mac, two little phototransistors and a reference point.

As he swung around, the dozen or so sapphire-studded Royster pistolettos that swung picturesquely from his shoulder straps clinked and clanked madly, making him seem like a gigantic cat that the mice had belled again and again.

Mouse gloomily, on hands and knees after erring plantlets of Sweet Alice that had seeded among a shallow tub of cacti.

Genetevil, which manufactures Clot-Blocks and Alk-erase, products that use plasminogen activators fermented in mouse milk to aid heart attack victims.

If I quested out, I could sense Nighteyes prowling about, ever alert for the unwary mouse.

Had a bat, or a mouse, gone ahead of him, Gwalchmai would have taken it for a psychopomp guiding his soul to the underworld, but nothing moved except shadows.