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Meaning of cue

cue

Pronunciation: (ky), [key]
— n., v., cued, cu•ing.
—n.
  1. anything said or done, on or off stage, that is followed by a specific line or action: An off-stage door slam was his cue to enter.
  2. anything that excites to action; stimulus.
  3. a hint; intimation; guiding suggestion.
  4. the part a person is to play; a prescribed or necessary course of action.
  5. a sensory signal used to identify experiences, facilitate memory, or organize responses.
  6. frame of mind; mood.
  7. You could tell by his expression that he had missed a cue.
    1. to fail to respond to a cue.
    2. Informal.to miss the point:You could tell by his expression that he had missed a cue.
—v.t.
  1. to provide with a cue or indication; give a cue to; prompt: Will you cue me on my lines?
  2. to insert, or direct to come in, in a specific place in a musical or dramatic performance (usually fol. by in or into): to cue in a lighting effect.
  3. to search for and reach (a specific track on a recording) (sometimes fol. by up).
  4. to inform; give instructions, information, news, etc., to: Cue him in on the plans for the dance.

cue

Pronunciation: (ky), [key]
— n., v., cued, cu•ing.
—n.
  1. a long, tapering rod, tipped with a soft leather pad, used to strike the ball in billiards, pool, etc.
  2. a long, usually wooden stick with a concave head, used to propel the disks in shuffleboard.
  3. a queue of hair.
  4. a queue or file, as of persons awaiting their turn.
—v.t.
  1. to tie into a queue.
  2. to strike with a cue.

cue

Pronunciation: (ky), [key]
— n.
  1. the letter Q, q.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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