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cue1

Syllabification: cue
Pronunciation: /kyo͞o
 
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noun

1A thing said or done that serves as a signal to an actor or other performer to enter or to begin their speech or performance.
Example sentences
  • The Mayor, not heeding his cue, began his speech early and failed to mention the conference and exhibition sponsors.
  • The colors and moods combine with the actors' performances and haunting musical cues to create a slightly surreal atmosphere.
  • This fosters a kind of sensitivity toward the body language of the actors and the musical cues in the narrative.
Synonyms
signal, sign, indication, prompt, reminder;
nod, word, gesture
1.1A signal for action: any conversational lull was my cue for asking a question
More example sentences
  • If that sounds painfully scary, you could just say you'll e-mail him later, which is an obvious cue for him to offer up his address.
  • This was the cue for the home team to get their act together and they did.
  • This was the cue for a hold up which lasted around five minutes as players, mentors and fans pleaded with the referee to reverse his decision.
1.2A piece of information or circumstance that aids the memory in retrieving details not recalled spontaneously.
Example sentences
  • Variety maximises the number of retrieval cues for recall of information.
  • The context acts as a cue to retrieve the memory of events that occurred in its presence.
  • You lose glasses and keys either because your brain never encoded an event or piece of information or because a cue devised to trigger your memory failed.
1.3 Psychology A feature of something perceived that is used in the brain’s interpretation of the perception: expectancy is communicated both by auditory and visual cues
More example sentences
  • Lacking auditory and visual cues, the e-mail message or newsgroup post can be productively ambiguous in tone.
  • In waking life, the best that we can do is interpret overt cues and then attempt to understand a person's intentions and predict their actions, for which dreams offer such a venue.
  • Clothing and decoration provide important cues to aid interpersonal and intrapersonal communication.
1.4A hint or indication about how to behave in particular circumstances: my teacher joked about such attitudes and I followed her cue
More example sentences
  • He needed always to be on the lookout for subtle cues indicating how his mother would behave.
  • Was it a case of a people merely following the cues of their leader?
  • We were the ones who did not know the protocols - but followed the few cues.
1.5A facility for playing through an audio or video recording very rapidly until a desired starting point is reached.

verb (cues, cueing or cuing, cued)

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1Give a cue to or for: curious pedestrians are cued by the arrival of stretch limousines
More example sentences
  • A tinny soundtrack is used to cue the arrival of dramatic tension - a job that is better left to performers.
  • It cues our hate to keep us watching, like a bullfighter taunting a bull: waving red to draw our attention and anger.
  • So it cues you that something's around and you try and contain that.
1.1Act as a prompt or reminder: have a list of needs and questions on paper to cue you
More example sentences
  • Make your reminder cues both informative and obvious.
  • I can be cued back through patient prompting, but it takes me a while, and it might not last.
  • This may include cueing or prompting, questioning, modeling, telling, or discussing.
1.2Set a piece of audio or video equipment in readiness to play (a particular part of the recorded material): features make it easier to cue up a tape for editing
More example sentences
  • A manager who has to train distant new hires can directly present the orientation session using the video/audio streaming feed, cueing slides showing detailed information and taking questions from the audience in real time.
  • Because recorded motion can be cued and played back live, the puppeteer can layer a performance, as one would produce a multitrack audio recording.
  • The risers are rolled in; lights are fixed, sound is cued and video monitors are put in place.

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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  • queue from (late 16th century):

    Think of a long queue of people stretching back from a ticket office or bus stop. It looks a bit like an animal's tail, and this is the literal meaning of the word, which comes from French and was based on Latin cauda ‘tail’. Queue was originally used as a heraldic term for the tail of an animal. In the 18th and 19th centuries it also referred to a pigtail, sometimes spelt cue, and source of the long thin rod cue (mid 16th century) used in snooker. It came to describe a line of people in the mid 19th century.

Phrases

on cue

1
At the correct moment: right on cue the door opened
More example sentences
  • At that very moment as if on cue, somewhere in the distance a wolf let out a menacing howl.
  • As if on cue, a door on the far side of the room opened, and a voice called.
  • As if right on cue, the door to the parlor opened just then and another servant, a young man, entered.

take one's cue from

2
Follow the example or advice of: McGee did not move and Julia took her cue from him
More example sentences
  • The conductor of the symphony orchestra does not control the activity of the players, but they do follow the score and take their cue from the conductor's directions.
  • If I understand it aright, objective calculation and measurement take their cue from - and ultimately serve - circumspective involvement in the world.
  • Yeah, and most people don't take their cue from that.

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cue2

Syllabification: cue
Pronunciation: /kyo͞o
 
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noun

A long, straight, tapering wooden rod for striking the ball in pool, billiards, snooker, etc.
Example sentences
  • When the cue hits the object ball it will bend the tangent line back away from the corner.
  • If I strike a billiard ball with a cue stick, I effect a transfer of [physical] energy.
  • Also banned from cabins is sporting equipment such as cricket bats, tennis racquets, golf clubs and snooker cues.

verb (cues, cueing or cuing, cued)

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Use a cue to strike a ball in pool, billiards, snooker, etc.
Example sentences
  • ‘I missed a few easy balls today but I am cueing brilliantly,’ he said.
  • But I started cueing well and Alan couldn't put me away,’ he said.
  • It gives me time get back to the way I was cueing before Sheffield.

Origin

mid 18th century (denoting a long plait or pigtail): variant of queue.

More
  • queue from (late 16th century):

    Think of a long queue of people stretching back from a ticket office or bus stop. It looks a bit like an animal's tail, and this is the literal meaning of the word, which comes from French and was based on Latin cauda ‘tail’. Queue was originally used as a heraldic term for the tail of an animal. In the 18th and 19th centuries it also referred to a pigtail, sometimes spelt cue, and source of the long thin rod cue (mid 16th century) used in snooker. It came to describe a line of people in the mid 19th century.

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