from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, resembling rats or mice but having a shorter tail and limbs and a heavier body.
- n. Games The winning of all the tricks during the play of one hand, as of bridge; a grand slam.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a large number of species of small rodents of the family Cricetidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A deal at cards that draws all the tricks.
- intransitive v. To win all the tricks by a vole.
- n. Any one of numerous species of micelike rodents belonging to Arvicola and allied genera of the subfamily Arvicolinæ. They have a thick head, short ears, and a short hairy tail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In card-playing, a winning of all the tricks played in one deal.
- In card-playing, to win all the tricks played in one deal.
- n. A shorttailed field-mouse or meadow-mouse; a campagnol or arvicoline; any member of the genus Arvicola in a broad sense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various small mouselike rodents of the family Cricetidae (especially of genus Microtus) having a stout short-tailed body and inconspicuous ears and inhabiting fields or meadows
Short for obsolete volemouse, perhaps from Norwegian *vollmus : Old Norse völlr, field + Old Norse mūs, mouse.
French, probably from voler, to fly, from Old French, from Latin volāre, to fly.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)