American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Games A long tapered rod with a leather tip used to strike the cue ball in billiards and pool.
- n. Games A long stick with a concave attachment at one end for shoving disks in shuffleboard.
- n. A queue of hair.
- n. A line of waiting people or vehicles; a queue.
- v. Games To strike with a cue.
- v. To braid or twist (hair) into a queue.
- v. To form a line or queue.
- n. A signal, such as a word or action, used to prompt another event in a performance, such as an actor's speech or entrance, a change in lighting, or a sound effect.
- n. A reminder or prompting.
- n. A hint or suggestion.
- n. Music An extract from the music for another part printed, usually in smaller notes, within a performer's part as a signal to enter after a long rest.
- n. Music A gesture by a conductor signaling the entrance of a performer or part.
- n. Psychology A stimulus, either consciously or unconsciously perceived, that elicits or signals a type of behavior.
- n. Archaic One's assigned role or function.
- n. Archaic A mood; a disposition.
- v. To give a cue to; signal or prompt.
- v. To insert into the sequence of a performance: cued the lights for the monologue scene.
- v. To position (an audio or video recording) in readiness for playing: cue up a record on the turntable.
- cue in To give information or instructions to, as to a latecomer.
- n. The letter q.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The tail; something hanging down like a tail, as the long curl of a wig or a long roll or plait of hair. In this sense also queue. See pigtail.
- n. A number of persons ranged in a line, awaiting their turn to be served, as at a bank or a ticket-office. In this sense also queue.
- n. Theat, words which when spoken at the end of a speech in the course of a play are the signal for an answering speech, or for the entrance of another actor, etc.
- n. In music, a fragment of some other part printed in small notes, at the end of a long rest or silence occurring in the part of a voice or an instrument, to assist the singer or player in beginning promptly and correctly.
- n. Hence— A hint; an intimation; a guiding suggestion.
- n. The part which one is to play; a course of action prescribed, or made necessary by circumstances.
- n. Humor; turn or temper of mind.
- n. A straight tapering rod tipped with a small soft pad, used to strike the balls in billiards, bagatelle, and similar games.
- n. A support for a lance; a lance-rest.
- To tie into a cue or tail.
- n. The name of the letter Q, q.
- n. A farthing; a half-farthing.
- n. A farthing's worth; the quantity bought with a farthing, as a small quantity of bread or beer.
- n. sports, billiards, snooker, pool A straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in various games.
- v. sports, billiards, snooker, pool The act of taking aim on the cue ball with the cue and hitting it.
- n. An action or event that is a signal for somebody to do something.
- n. The name of the Latin script letter Q/q.
- n. obsolete, UK A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing and noted with a q (for Latin quadrans farthing) in the buttery books.
- v. The act of giving someone a cue signal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.
- n. The last words of a play actor's speech, serving as an intimation for the next succeeding player to speak; any word or words which serve to remind a player to speak or to do something; a catchword.
- n. A hint or intimation.
- n. The part one has to perform in, or as in, a play.
- n. colloq. Humor; temper of mind.
- n. A straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in playing billiards.
- v. To form into a cue; to braid; to twist.
- n. obsolete A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing.
- v. assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
- n. sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards
- n. a stimulus that provides information about what to do
- n. an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
- n. evidence that helps to solve a problem
- From the letter Q, abbreviation of Latin quando (“when”), marked on actor's play copy where they were to begin. (Wiktionary)
- Variant of queue.Perhaps from q, qu, abbreviation of Latin quandō, when, used for actors' copies of plays; see kwo- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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