- 1chiefly British A line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed.More example sentences
line, row, column, file, chain, string, stream; procession, train, succession, progression, cavalcade, sequence, series; waiting list, reserve list; North American breadline, wait list, backup, waiting lineBritish • informal crocodiletraffic jam, jam, tailback, line, stream, gridlock• informal snarl-up, traffic snarl
- Upon the group's return a queue of vehicles had lined up to go across the river.
- As queues of people lined up in a typical British orderly fashion, traffic on the North Circular began to build up, with punters travelling from as far as Birmingham to get their hands on a cheap deal.
- Vehicles previously stuck in queues past the A2 junction suddenly speed up and try to get the best position as three lanes expand to eight for the toll booths.
- 2 Computing A list of data items, commands, etc., stored so as to be retrievable in a definite order, usually the order of insertion.More example sentences
- A bitmap indicates which queues are not empty, and the individual queues are FIFO lists.
- If there are no independent commands in the queue at all, the FPU unit will be idling for 5 clocks.
- When packets are dropped this way, a new entry is stored in a special queue of unresolved addresses.
- 3 • archaic A plait of hair worn at the back.More example sentences
- Chinese men were forced to braid their long hair into a queue or ‘pigtail’.
- For tonight, he had tied back his hair in a tidy queue, and his eyes seemed especially bright from his sapphire-colored tunic.
- His long, shoulder length hair tied in a queue, he walked toward the small stable where his horse was waiting.
verb (queues, queuing or queueing, queued)Back to top
- 1 [no object] chiefly British Take one’s place in a queue: in the war they had queued for foodMore example sentences
- Now TV stations around the world are queuing up to buy the series.
- Academics, meanwhile, have been queuing up to back fiscal autonomy.
- We need more skilled craftsmen, and yet there are young people queuing up for apprenticeships who simply cannot get them.
- 2 [with object] Computing Arrange in a queue: input or output requests to a file are queued by the operating systemMore example sentences
- All write operations are queued to the secondary device, or the journal device, which may be disk or tape.
- When data is ready, that thread/dæmon wakes up and queues the received data for use by the consuming application threads or processes.
- Once turned on, programs are queued up for commercial scanning after the end of the show.