American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Computer Science A bright, usually blinking, movable indicator on a display, marking the position at which a character can be entered, corrected, or deleted.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any part of a mathematical instrument that slides backward and forward upon another part, as the piece in an equinoctial ring-dial that slides to the day of the month, or the point that slides along a beam-compass, etc.
- n. In medieval universities, a bachelor of theology appointed to assist a master by reading to the class the text of the sentences, with explanations of the meaning, sentence by sentence. See bachelor, 2.
- n. Same as Cursorius.
- n. A part of any of several scientific instruments that moves back and forth to indicate a position
- n. graphical user interface A moving icon or other representation of the position of the pointing device.
- n. graphical user interface An indicator, often a blinking line or bar, indicating where the next insertion or other edit will take place. Also referred to as "the caret".
- n. databases A reference to a row of data in a table, which moves from row to row as data is retrieved by way of it.
- n. programming A design pattern in object oriented methodology in which a collection is iterated uniformly, also known as the iterator pattern.
- v. intransitive, computing To navigate by means of the cursor keys.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any part of a mathematical instrument that moves or slides backward and forward upon another part.
- n. (computer science) indicator consisting of a movable spot of light (an icon) on a visual display; moving it allows the user to point to commands or screen positions
- From Latin cursor ("runner"), from currō ("run") + -or ("agentive suffix"). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, runner, from Latin, from cursus, past participle of currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Each section of the chart displays the name of the service when the mouse cursor is placed over it, and if you click the section it redirects you to your publicly available presence on that service.”
“I use a program called HotSpot, which disables the screensaver while the mouse cursor is in the (configurable) upper right corner of the screen.”
“A plain cursor, the classic white arrow, appeared on the screen.”
“I recommend the latter, since your mouse cursor is used to guide your microbe.”
“Question for readers: I have that product preview function from Amazon (when your cursor is over the title of the book, you get the picture of the book and other information.)”
“By the way, there's something wrong with the insertion code -- it only insert at the end of the text instead of where the cursor is ...”
“Up on D-pad in "cursor" - mode for middle mouse click.”
“It’s a small visual cue as to where the cursor is in the form.”
“It also has a pretty serious problem in landscape mode – it doesn’t resize the number of rows so the cursor is generally always at the bottom of the screen – hidden by the keyboard.”
“And when you upload a picture, the link to the picture is inserted at the top of your post, instead of at the cursor, which is where you would expect.”
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