Origin of cursorL, runner ; from cursus: see course
Origin of cursorMiddle English, runner, from Latin, from cursus, past participle of currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
- A part of any of several scientific instruments that moves back and forth to indicate a position
- (graphical user interface) A moving icon or other representation of the position of the pointing device.
- (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".
- (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.
- (programming) A design pattern in object oriented methodology in which a collection is iterated uniformly, also known as the iterator pattern.
(third-person singular simple present cursors, present participle cursoring, simple past and past participle cursored)
- (intransitive, computing) To navigate by means of the cursor keys.
cursor - Computer Definition
(1) The symbol used to point to some element on screen. On Windows, Mac and other graphics-based screens, it is also called a "pointer," and it changes shape as it is moved with the mouse into different areas of the application. For example, it may turn into an I-beam for editing text, an arrow for selecting menus or a pen for drawing. On DOS and Unix command lines as well as other character-based screens, the cursor may be a rectangle, an underline or a vertical line, and it is typically blinking. See database cursor.
(2) A pen-like or puck-like device used with a digitizer tablet. Officially called the "tablet cursor," as it is moved across the tablet, the screen cursor moves correspondingly. See digitizer tablet.