Meaning of “mouse” in the English Dictionary

"mouse" in British English

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mousenoun

uk /maʊs/ us /maʊs/ plural mice

mouse noun (ANIMAL)

A2 [ C ] a small mammal with short fur, a pointed face, and a long tail:

a field mouse
a pet mouse

More examples

  • The mouse looked around the room inquisitively.
  • A mouse has nibbled through the computer cables.
  • The mouse scurried across the floor.

mouse noun (COMPUTER)

Examples

  • You can move the cursor either by using the mouse or by using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
  • Once you get the feel of it, using a mouse is easy.
  • Computer expert? He doesn't know a mouse from a modem !
  • A mouse is a device which makes it easier to select different options from computer menus.
  • Select the function you require by pointing to the toggle with the mouse and then clicking.

(Definition of “mouse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mouse" in American English

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mousenoun [ C ]

us /mɑʊs/ plural mice /mɑɪs/

mouse noun [ C ] (ANIMAL)

a type of small rodent (= small mammal with sharp teeth) that has short, usually brown, gray, or white hair, a pointed face, and a long tail:

a field mouse
pet mice

mouse noun [ C ] (COMPUTER DEVICE)

a small device with a ball inside that is moved by hand across a flat surface to control the movement of the cursor (= symbol that shows your position) on a computer screen

(Definition of “mouse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mouse" in Business English

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mousenoun [ C ]

uk /maʊs/ us plural mouses, or mice IT

a small piece of equipment that you move across a desk etc. in order to move the cursor on your computer screen:

Hold down the control key and click the mouse.
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(Definition of “mouse” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)