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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A part of any of several scientific instruments that moves back and forth to indicate a position
  • n. A moving icon or other representation of the position of the pointing device.
  • n. 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. 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. A design pattern in object oriented methodology in which a collection is iterated uniformly, also known as the iterator pattern.
  • v. To navigate by means of the cursor keys.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any part of a mathematical instrument that moves or slides backward and forward upon another part.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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)
From Latin cursor ("runner"), from currō ("run") + -or ("agentive suffix"). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European. (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.