- 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.
queue definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French ; from Old French coue ; from Classical Latin coda, variant, variety of cauda, tail
queue definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A line of waiting people or vehicles.
- A long braid of hair worn hanging down the back of the neck; a pigtail.
- Computer Science 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.
Origin: French, from Old French cue, tail, from Latin cauda, cōda.Word History: When the British stand in queues (as they have been doing at least since 1837, when this meaning of the word is first recorded in English), they may not realize they form a tail. The French word queue from which the English word is borrowed is a descendant of Latin cōda, meaning “tail.” French queue appeared in 1748 in English, referring to a plait of hair hanging down the back of the neck. By 1802 wearing a queue was a regulation in the British army, but by the mid-19th century queues had disappeared along with cocked hats. Latin cōda is also the source of Italian coda, which was adopted into English as a musical term (like so many other English musical terms that come from Italian). A coda is thus literally the “tail end” of a movement or composition.
queue - Business Definition
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.