cur·​sor | \ ˈkər-sər How to pronounce cursor (audio) , -ˌsȯr \

Definition of cursor

: a movable item used to mark a position: such as
a : a transparent slide with a line attached to a slide rule
b : a visual cue (such as a flashing vertical line) on a video display that indicates position (as for data entry)

Examples of cursor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nothing but your brain and your screen and your remote (or your cursor, or finger for your touch screen, whatever floats your boat). Evan Romano, Men's Health, 5 May 2022 Technological devices that directly interact with the brain, known as brain-computer interfaces, offer the potential to decode an individual’s thoughts and translate them into action using a robotic arm or a cursor on a screen. David Caldwell, The Conversation, 30 Mar. 2022 Then, using the cursor on your Mac, move it to the side of the screen in the general direction of the other device. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 22 Mar. 2022 The electrodes allowed the patient to move a cursor on a screen using a neural signal. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 Learning to use a HoloLens is akin to learning to use a mouse and cursor for the first time, explained Ray Kallmeyer, the start-up founder behind Verse. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 With that technology, users don't have to wave their arms directly in front of the visor in order to manipulate objects using a digital cursor, for instance. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2022 The invention of computers has transmuted that agency to a programmable realm, wherein a hand can control a mouse that is by turns a digital paintbrush, a text cursor, or a drone’s gun sight. Kelly Clancy, Wired, 10 Jan. 2022 Instead of a traditional art exhibit with plaques on the walls, at Verse, attendees point the cursor in their HoloLens toward a square icon to reveal who made the NFT, its price and a little about the artist’s intention in creating it. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cursor

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cursor

borrowed from Latin cursor "runner, courier," from currere "to run" + -tor, agent suffix — more at current entry 1

Note: For cursor as agent noun of currere in place of expected *co(r)stor see note at course entry 1. As with other Latin deverbal derivatives, the zero grade ablaut of the past participle has been generalized with all suffixes ending in -t-.

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“Cursor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for cursor


cur·​sor | \ ˈkər-sər How to pronounce cursor (audio) , -ˌsȯr \

Kids Definition of cursor

: a symbol (as an arrow or blinking line) on a computer screen that shows where the user is working

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