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Mouse vs. Rat

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Mousenoun

Any small rodent of the genus Mus.

Ratnoun

(zoology) A medium-sized rodent belonging to the genus Rattus.

Mousenoun

(informal) A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent.

Ratnoun

(informal) A term indiscriminately applied to numerous members of several rodent families (e.g. voles and mice) having bodies longer than about 12 cm, or 5 inches.

Mousenoun

A quiet or shy person.

Ratnoun

(informal) A person who is known for betrayal; a scoundrel; a quisling.

‘What a rat, leaving us stranded here!’;

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Mousenoun

(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.

Ratnoun

(informal) An informant or snitch.

Mousenoun

(boxing) Hematoma.

Ratnoun

(slang) A person who routinely spends time at a particular location.

‘Our teenager has become a mall rat.’; ‘He loved hockey and was a devoted rink rat.’;

Mousenoun

(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 straightening out.

Ratnoun

Scab.

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Mousenoun

(obsolete) A familiar term of endearment.

Ratnoun

Vagina.

‘Get your rat out.’;

Mousenoun

A match used in firing guns or blasting.

Ratnoun

A wad of shed hair used as part of a hairstyle.

Mousenoun

(set theory) A small model of (a fragment of) Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory with desirable properties (depending on the context).

Ratnoun

(regional) A scratch or a score.

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Mousenoun

(historical) A small cushion for a woman's hair.

Ratnoun

A place in the sea with rapid currents and crags where a ship is likely to be torn apart in stormy weather.

Mouseverb

(intransitive) To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around).

Ratverb

(usually with “on” or “out”) To betray someone and tell their secret to an authority or an enemy; to turn someone in, bewray.

‘He ratted on his coworker.’; ‘He is going to rat us out!’;

Mouseverb

(intransitive) To hunt or catch mice (the rodents), usually of cats.

Ratverb

(of a dog, etc.) To kill rats.

Mouseverb

To close the mouth of a hook by a careful binding of marline or wire.

‘Captain Higgins moused the hook with a bit of marline to prevent the block beckets from falling out under slack.’;

Ratverb

(regional) To scratch or score.

Mouseverb

To navigate by means of a computer mouse.

Ratverb

To tear, rip, rend.

‘Ratted to shreds.’;

Mouseverb

To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.

Ratnoun

One of several species of small rodents of the genus Rattus (formerly included in Mus) and allied genera, of the family Muridae, distinguished from mice primarily by being larger. They infest houses, stores, and ships, especially the Norway rat, also called brown rat, (Rattus norvegicus formerly Mus decumanus), the black rat (Rattus rattus formerly Mus rattus), and the roof rat (formerly Mus Alexandrinus, now included in Rattus rattus). These were introduced into America from the Old World. The white rat used most commonly in laboratories is primarily a strain derived from Rattus rattus.

Mousenoun

Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridæ. 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.

Ratnoun

A round and tapering mass of hair, or similar material, used by women to support the puffs and rolls of their natural hair.

Mousenoun

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

Ratnoun

One who deserts his party or associates; hence, in the trades, one who works for lower wages than those prescribed by a trades union.

Mousenoun

A familiar term of endearment.

Ratverb

In English politics, to desert one's party from interested motives; to forsake one's associates for one's own advantage; in the trades, to work for less wages, or on other conditions, than those established by a trades union.

‘Coleridge . . . incurred the reproach of having ratted, solely by his inability to follow the friends of his early days.’;

Mousenoun

A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow.

Ratverb

To catch or kill rats.

Mousenoun

A match used in firing guns or blasting.

Ratverb

To be an informer (against an associate); to inform (on an associate); to squeal; - used commonly in the phrase to rat on.

Mouseverb

To watch for and catch mice.

Ratnoun

any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse

Mouseverb

To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something.

Ratnoun

someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike

Mouseverb

To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.

Ratnoun

a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible;

‘only a rotter would do that’; ‘kill the rat’; ‘throw the bum out’; ‘you cowardly little pukes!’; ‘the British call a contemptible person a `git'’;

Mouseverb

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

Ratnoun

one who reveals confidential information in return for money

Mousenoun

any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails

Ratnoun

a pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure

Mousenoun

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’;

Ratverb

desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage

Mouseverb

to go stealthily or furtively;

‘..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house’;

Ratverb

employ scabs or strike breakers in

Mouseverb

manipulate the mouse of a computer

Ratverb

take the place of work of someone on strike

Mousenoun

a small rodent that typically has a pointed snout, relatively large ears and eyes, and a long tail.

Ratverb

give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat

Mousenoun

(in general use) any small mammal similar to a mouse, such as a shrew or vole.

Ratverb

catch rats, especially with dogs

Mousenoun

a shy, timid, and quiet person

‘Jane may be a bit of a mouse, but she is very nosy’;

Ratverb

give away information about somebody;

‘He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam’;

Mousenoun

a dull light brown colour reminiscent of a mouse's fur

‘her flaxen hair dulled to mouse’;

Ratnoun

a rodent that resembles a large mouse, typically having a pointed snout and a long tail. Some kinds have become cosmopolitan and are sometimes responsible for transmitting diseases.

Mousenoun

a small handheld device which is moved across a mat or flat surface to move the cursor on a computer screen

‘the right mouse button’; ‘copy the file with a click of the mouse’;

Ratnoun

a despicable person, especially a man who has been deceitful or disloyal

‘her rat of a husband cheated on her’;

Mousenoun

a lump or bruise on or near the eye

‘she touched the mouse under her eye’;

Ratnoun

an informer

‘he became the most famous rat in mob history’;

Mouseverb

(of a cat or owl) hunt for or catch mice

‘female cats are usually much better at mousing than males’;

Ratnoun

a person who is associated with or frequents a specified place

‘LA mall rats’;

Mouseverb

prowl about as if searching

‘he was mousing among the books of the old library’;

Ratnoun

a pad used to give shape and fullness to a woman's hair.

Mouseverb

use a mouse to move or position a cursor on a computer screen

‘simply mouse over any item on the list’;

Ratinterjection

used to express mild annoyance or irritation.

Mouse

A mouse, plural mice, is a small rodent. Characteristically, mice are known to have a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail, and a high breeding rate.

Ratverb

hunt or kill rats

‘ratting is second nature to a Jack Russell’;

Ratverb

desert one's party, side, or cause

‘many of the clans rallied to his support, others ratted and joined the King's forces’;

Ratverb

shape (hair) with a rat.

Rat

Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents. Species of rats are found throughout the order Rodentia, but stereotypical rats are found in the genus Rattus.

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