Definition of queue in English:
1chiefly British A line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed.
- 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.
waiting list, reserve list;
British informal crocodile
informal snarl-up, traffic snarl
2 Computing A list of data items, commands, etc., stored so as to be retrievable in a definite order, usually the order of insertion.
- 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.
- 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 food
More 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 system
More 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.