• WordNet 3.6
    • v cue assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
    • n cue sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards
    • n cue a stimulus that provides information about what to do
    • n cue evidence that helps to solve a problem
    • n cue an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At Will's first competition he competes with the sword, and after his first victory Jeff gives a little speech which recieves no response until one of Will's friends cheers. this was a mistake none of the extras spoke english and so missed their cue to start cheering, and needed a reminder from one of the lead actors. This scene was going to be shot but the director decided this was better than what they had planned.
    • Cue A hint or intimation. "Give them [the servants] their cue to attend in two lines as he leaves the house."
    • n Cue A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing.☞ The term was formerly current in the English universities, the letter q being the mark in the buttery books to denote such a portion. Nares. "Hast thou worn
      Gowns in the university, tossed logic,
      Sucked philosophy, eat cues ?"
    • Cue A straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in playing billiards.
    • Cue Humor; temper of mind.
    • Cue The last words of a play actor's speech, serving as an intimation for the next succeeding player to speak; any word or words which serve to remind a player to speak or to do something; a catchword. "When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer."
    • Cue The part one has to perform in, or as in, a play. "Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it
      Without a prompter."
    • Cue The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.
    • v. t Cue To form into a cue; to braid; to twist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cue The tail; something hanging down like a tail, as the long curl of a wig or a long roll or plait of hair. In this sense also queue. See pigtail.
    • n cue A number of persons ranged in a line, awaiting their turn to be served, as at a bank or a ticket-office. In this sense also queue.
    • n cue Theat, words which when spoken at the end of a speech in the course of a play are the signal for an answering speech, or for the entrance of another actor, etc.
    • n cue In music, a fragment of some other part printed in small notes, at the end of a long rest or silence occurring in the part of a voice or an instrument, to assist the singer or player in beginning promptly and correctly.
    • n cue Hence— A hint; an intimation; a guiding suggestion.
    • n cue The part which one is to play; a course of action prescribed, or made necessary by circumstances.
    • n cue Humor; turn or temper of mind.
    • n cue A straight tapering rod tipped with a small soft pad, used to strike the balls in billiards, bagatelle, and similar games.
    • n cue A support for a lance; a lance-rest.
    • cue To tie into a cue or tail.
    • n cue The name of the letter Q, q.
    • n cue A farthing; a half-farthing.
    • n cue A farthing's worth; the quantity bought with a farthing, as a small quantity of bread or beer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cue the last words of an actor's speech serving as a hint to the next speaker: any hint: the part one has to play.
    • n Cue a twist of hair at the back of the head: a rod used in playing billiards
    • v.t Cue of the hair, to form in a cue
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  • Tom Ogden
    Tom Ogden
    “I use many props. The props act as cue cards reminding me of what to say next.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. coue, coe, F. queue, fr. L. coda, cauda, tail. Cf. Caudal Coward Queue


In literature:

Cues on the Moselle was his birthplace, and gave him his name Cusanus.
"The Age of Erasmus" by P. S. Allen
She took her cue, and made no sign.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
It was the cue of some of the leading politicians present to draw out this young apostle of the reform cause.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
It shall not be our cue to quote him, save when to do so may seem to serve an ulterior purpose.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
We snatched what minutes we could from work to do our "cues," as we called our small huts.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
With such a cue she might at least have admitted his music into the summary.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
Taking his cue from the tone of the occasion he must fit his remarks to that mood.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Anyway, I guess this is my exit cue.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
For though, at their leader's cue, they have hailed the Matron, they have not seen her.
"Observations of an Orderly" by Ward Muir
Scotty caught his cue.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge

In poetry:

I wait the indubitable word,
The great Unconscious Cue.
Has it been spoken and unheard?
Spoken, perhaps, by you ...?
"In Uncertainty To A Lady" by Aldous Huxley
Lift thou thine ancient yellow-blue!
Aloft the front must show it.
The German's slow to take the cue,
But seeing that he'll know it.
"To Sweden" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
His word was dark; his tone was kind;
His heart the mother knew;
His eyes in hers looked deep, and shined;
They gave her heart the cue.
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Yet in an honest Way, the Dame
Was a great Lover of That same;
And could from Scripture take her Cue,
That Husbands should give Wives their Due.
"Paulo Purganti And His Wife: An Honest, But A Simple Pair" by Matthew Prior
You are still kind whom the same shape immures.
Kind and beyond adieu. We miss our cue.
It is the pain, it is the pain endures.
Poise of my hands reminded me of yours.
"Villanelle" by William Empson
Some folks contend that these oaths without end
Began among the commanders,
That, taking this cue, the subordinates, too,
Swore terribly in Flanders:
Twas "——————!"
"In Flanders" by Eugene Field

In news:

Eddie Cue joins Ferrari's board of directors .
Potato rolls and rolls of paper towels are essential accompaniments for Fette Sau's 'cue.
Samsung designed the Galaxy S III by taking calming cues from nature and pairing them with six sensors to create a phone that "watches" you, listens and anticipates your needs.
Babies take emotional cues from their caregivers, experts say.
Football Sunday with Fatty 'Cue: Catch the games this Sunday, from 12-7 pm, with chef Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Crab.
King's Cue Stick is hosting a showcase of the most "extreme music" from the Golden Triangle, and with seven bands on the line-up, we're betting that it's gonna be brutal , indeed.
As if on cue, two tractor-trailers roared past the governor of Ohio Monday while he was touting the economic advantages of a new section of Ohio 18 around North Baltimore.
Joe Davidson said it felt like "the perfect marriage" when he and Alice and Dr Jim Rodgers talked about introducing Cain 's Ballroom to Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue.
Cues that a family medicine or pediatric practice is welcoming to adolescents can be discerned well before the first visit.
Listen to a very serious news report that details the story of two drunk college women stealing a bag of Bar B Cue flavored potato chips and their capture.
With its striking good looks, nimble handling and tech-centric CUE multimedia system, Cadillac's new ATS should appeal to gadget-savvy car shoppers looking for a just-right blend of luxury and performance.
Cue the crazy, back in time music.
Cue the medical mystery music.
The Charger 's Uconnect system eschews the pretentions and problems of MyFord Touch and Cadillac's Cue.
Perhaps the Charger 's most identifiable cue is its taillight, which is super bright and visible from great distances.

In science:

As usual, the term ensemble denotes a pair: a space and a probability measure defined on it (for example the circular unitary ensemble (CUE) represents the group U (N ) of unitary matrices of size N with the Haar measure ).
Random unistochastic matrices
Because of the concentration of zeros on curves, the ensembles studied here share a one -dimensionality with the ensembles of GUE and CUE random matrices and with the observed correlations between zeros of the Riemann zeta function.
Equilibrium distribution of zeros of random polynomials
Let us first consider truncated matrices drawn from the circular unitary ensemble (CUE).
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
There were studied among others the following Gaussian Random Matrix ensembles GRME: orthogonal GOE, unitary GUE, symplectic GSE, as well as circular ensembles: orthogonal COE, unitary CUE, and symplectic CSE.
Applications of methods of quantum statistical mechanics to two-dimensional electron systems
Thy symmetry properties of H which is hermitean lead us to Gaussian ensembles of random matrices: orthogonal GOE, unitary GUE, symplectic GSE, as well as to circular ensembles: orthogonal COE, unitary CUE, and symplectic CSE.
Finite-difference distributions for the Ginibre ensemble