- The definition of a cue is a signal to a person to do something.
- An example of cue is a word in a play telling an actor when to come on stage.
- An example of cue is a girlfriend hinting to her boyfriend that she'd like to get married.
- Cue is defined as a long handled rod with a tip that is used to shoot the ball when playing billiards.
An example of cue is what a person would use to hit a ball when playing pool.
cue definition by Webster's New World
- a bit of dialogue, action, or music that is a signal for an actor's entrance or speech, or for the working of curtains, lights, sound effects, etc.
- Music a gesture or written device used to signal the entry of one or more instrumentalists or vocalists
- anything serving as a signal to do something
- an indirect suggestion; hint
- Now Rare
- the role that one is assigned to play
- a necessary course of action
- Archaic frame of mind; mood; temperament
- Psychol. a secondary stimulus that guides behavior, often without entering consciousness
Origin: ; from q, Q, used in plays in 16th and amp; 17th circa to indicate actors' entrances; probably abbreviation, abbreviated of some Classical Latin word (as quando, when, qualis, in what manner)
- queue ()
- a long, tapering, tipped rod used in billiards and pool to strike the cue ball
- a long, shovel-like stick used in shuffleboard to push the disks
Origin: variant, variety of queue
cue definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Games A long tapered rod with a leather tip used to strike the cue ball in billiards and pool.
- Games A long stick with a concave attachment at one end for shoving disks in shuffleboard.
- A queue of hair.
- A line of waiting people or vehicles; a queue.
- Games To strike with a cue.
- To braid or twist (hair) into a queue.
Origin: Variant of queue.
- 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.
- a. A reminder or prompting.b. A hint or suggestion.
- Music a. 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.b. A gesture by a conductor signaling the entrance of a performer or part.
- Psychology A stimulus, either consciously or unconsciously perceived, that elicits or signals a type of behavior.
- Archaic One's assigned role or function.
- Archaic A mood; a disposition.
- To give a cue to; signal or prompt.
- To insert into the sequence of a performance: cued the lights for the monologue scene.
- To position (an audio or video recording) in readiness for playing: cue up a record on the turntable.
Origin: Perhaps from q, qu, abbreviation of Latin quandō, when, used for actors' copies of plays; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
cue - Phrases/Idioms