Definition of cursor in English:


Line breaks: cur¦sor
Pronunciation: /ˈkəːsə


  • 1A movable indicator on a computer screen identifying the point that will be affected by input from the user.
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    • The device is coupled to a host computer that displays a cursor in a graphical environment, such as a GUI, on a display screen.
    • This allows the user to move the cursor to the edge of the screen and as a result, the camera will move in the same direction.
    • Make the input cursor hop to the next field after a user finishes the current field.
  • 2chiefly • historical The transparent slide engraved with a hairline that is part of a slide rule and is used for marking a point on the rule while bringing a point on the central sliding portion up to it.
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    • The twocycle log scale was necessary because the rules had no cursor.
    • Like other Routledge-type slide rules produced by Stanley, the Hogg rule had no cursor.
    • The first step was to position a cursor at the entry of the pipette.


Middle English (denoting a runner or running messenger): from Latin, 'runner', from curs- (see cursive). sense 2 dates from the late 16th century.

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