- The definition of a queue is a file or a line.
An example of queue is the line of people at a movie theater box office on the opening night of a big hit.
- Queue is defined as to form in a line.
An example of queue means to arrange students in a row from tallest to shortest.
A lot of people waiting in a queue.
- a plait of hair worn hanging from the back of the head; pigtail
- Brit. a line or file of persons, vehicles, etc. waiting as to be served
- a stored arrangement of computer data or programs, waiting to be processed
Origin of queueFrench ; from Old French coue ; from Classical Latin coda, variant, variety of cauda, tail
- A line of waiting people or vehicles.
- A long braid of hair worn hanging down the back of the neck; a pigtail.
- Computers a. A sequence of stored data or programs awaiting processing.b. A data structure from which the first item that can be retrieved is the one stored earliest.
verbqueued queued, queu·ing, queues
- To place in a sequence: queued the queries in order of relevance.
- To braid or twist (hair) into a queue.
Origin of queueFrench, tail, queue, from Old French cue, tail, from Latin cauda, cōda.
- (heraldry) An animal's tail. [from 16th c.]
- (now historical) A men's hairstyle whose primary attribute is a braid or ponytail at the back of the head, such as that worn by men in Imperial China. [from 18th c.]
- A line of people, vehicles or other objects, in which one at the front end is dealt with first, the one behind is dealt with next, and so on, and which newcomers join at the opposite end (the back). [from 19th c.]
- A waiting list or other means of organizing people or objects into a first-come-first-served order.
- (computing) A data structure in which objects are added to one end, called the tail, and removed from the other, called the head (- a FIFO queue). The term can also refer to a LIFO queue or stack where these ends coincide. [from 20th c.]
- (heraldry): quevée
(third-person singular simple present queues, present participle queueing or queuing, simple past and past participle queued)
- (UK) To put oneself or itself at the end of a waiting line.
- (UK) To arrange themselves into a physical waiting queue.
- (computing) To add to a queue data structure.
- To fasten the hair into a queue.
queue - Computer Definition
A list, string, or stack of things constructed so that items are added to one end and relieved from one end or the other. Generally speaking, items are added to one end, known as the tail, and relieved from the other end, known as the head. In the absence of some priority mechanism for purposes of establishing and maintaining quality-of-service (QoS) differentiation, items are relieved from the head of the queue in the order they entered the tail.This approach is known as first-in-first-out (FIFO). Incoming call centers employ automatic call distributors (ACDs) that queue incoming calls, serving them to agents as they become available. Fax servers can queue documents for transmission during non-prime time hours, when international calling costs are lowest. PBX systems commonly have the capability to queue outgoing calls for expensive long distance circuits. Switches and routers queue packets in buffers until internal resources are available to process them or until bandwidth is available to forward them. Systems may support multiple queues for different types of calls or packets. Priority mechanisms can cause a call or packet to move up in the queue or even advance to the head of the queue in order that it can be served more quickly. See also ACD, call, facsimile, packet, PBX, QoS, router, and switch.