cue


1cue

noun \ˈkyü\

Definition of CUE

:  the letter q

Origin of CUE

Middle English cu half a farthing (spelled form of q, abbreviation for Latin quadrans quarter of an as)
First Known Use: circa 1755

2cue

noun

Definition of CUE

1
a :  a signal (as a word, phrase, or bit of stage business) to a performer to begin a specific speech or action
b :  something serving a comparable purpose :  hint
2
:  a feature indicating the nature of something perceived
3
archaic :  the part one has to perform in or as if in a play
4
archaic :  mood, humor

Origin of CUE

probably from qu, abbreviation (used as a direction in actors' copies of plays) of Latin quando when
First Known Use: 1553

3cue

transitive verb
cuedcu·ing or cue·ing

Definition of CUE

1
:  to give a cue to :  prompt
2
:  to insert into a continuous performance <cue in sound effects>

First Known Use of CUE

1922

4cue

noun

Definition of CUE

1
a :  a leather-tipped tapering rod for striking the cue ball (as in billiards and pool)
b :  a long-handled instrument with a concave head for shoving disks in shuffleboard
2
:  queue 2

Origin of CUE

French queue, literally, tail, from Old French cue, coe, queue, from Latin cauda
First Known Use: circa 1749

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce

5cue

verb
cuedcu·ing or cue·ing

Definition of CUE

transitive verb
1
:  queue
2
:  to strike with a cue
intransitive verb
1
:  queue
2
:  to use a cue

First Known Use of CUE

circa 1784

cue

noun \ˈkyü\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CUE

: a minor stimulus acting as an indication of the nature of the perceived object or situation <foreshortened lines in the picture are cues to depth perception>

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