cue
I. noun Etymology: Middle English cu half a farthing (spelled form of q, abbreviation for Latin quadrans quarter of an as) Date: circa 1755 the letter q II. noun Etymology: probably from qu, abbreviation (used as a direction in actors' copies of plays) of Latin quando when Date: 1553 1. a. a signal (as a word, phrase, or bit of stage business) to a performer to begin a specific speech or action b. something serving a comparable purpose ; hint 2. a feature indicating the nature of something perceived 3. archaic the part one has to perform in or as if in a play 4. archaic mood, humor III. transitive verb (cued; cuing or cueing) Date: 1922 1. to give a cue to ; prompt 2. to insert into a continuous performance <
cue in sound effects
>
IV. noun Etymology: French queue, literally, tail, from Old French cue, coe, queue, from Latin cauda Date: circa 1749 1. a. a leather-tipped tapering rod for striking the cue ball (as in billiards and pool) b. a long-handled instrument with a concave head for shoving disks in shuffleboard 2. queue 2 V. verb (cued; cuing or cueing) Date: circa 1784 transitive verb 1. queue 2. to strike with a cue intransitive verb 1. queue 2. to use a cue

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