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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A binding or metal shackle around the point and shank of a hook to prevent it from slipping from an eye.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of mouse.
  • n. The act of hunting mice.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A ratchet movement in a loom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Impertinently inquisitive; prying; meddlesome.
  • n. The act of hunting mice.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A ratchet movement in a loom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mouse-catching; given to catching mice.
  • n. The act of watching for or catching mice.
  • n. Nautical, same as mouse, 6.
  • n. In a loom, a ratchet-movement.

Etymologies

From mouse, a large mouselike knot on a rope.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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