AskDefine | Define cue

Dictionary Definition



1 an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
2 evidence that helps to solve a problem [syn: clue, clew]
3 a stimulus that provides information about what to do [syn: discriminative stimulus]
4 sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards [syn: cue stick, pool cue, pool stick] v : assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned [syn: prompt, remind]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kjuː/
  • Rhymes: -uː


Etymology 1

From the letter Q, abbreviation of quando (“when”).


  1. An action or event that is a signal for somebody to do something.
action or event that is a signal to do something


  1. The act of giving someone a cue signal.
    Cue the cameraman, aand action!

Etymology 2

Variant of queue


  1. In the context of "sports|billiards|snooker|pool": A straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in various games.
straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in games such as billiards, snooker, and pool


  1. In the context of "sports|billiards|snooker|pool": The act of taking aim on the cue ball with the cue and hitting it.

Extensive Definition

Cue or CUE may refer to:

Places and objects

Event markers

  • Sensory cues in perception (experimental psychology)
  • Cue (theatrical), the trigger for an action to be carried out at a specific time, in theatre or film
  • Cue (lighting and sound), the electronic rendering of the specific action to be carried out inside an automated lighting or sound system
  • Cue (show control), the electronic rendering of the specific action(s) to be carried out at a specific time by a show control system
  • Voice cue in dance, words or sounds that help match rhythmic patterns of steps with the music
  • Cue mark used in motion picture film to signal projectionists of reel changes
  • Cueing, a technique used by Disc Jockeys where DJs once "cued" 45 and 33RPM records to the first sound by hand-turning the record forward and backward on a felt-faced turntable. This technique has been replaced by instant start digital devices. Similar in sound to "scratching" used in hip-hop and rap music.
  • Cue, a vocal message given by a group fitness instructor to inform participants of upcoming sequences, such as a change in stretching direction, etc.

Other uses

  • "Cue" (among other spellings), a spelled-out name for the letter Q in the English alphabet
  • Cue bid, a type of bid in the card game contract bridge
  • Cue sheet (computing), a file format using the ".cue" filename extension for specifying the layout of CD tracks
  • Cue, a post-rock band from Austin

See also

cue in German: Cue
cue in French: CUE
cue in Korean: 큐
cue in Italian: CUE
cue in Dutch: Cue
cue in Japanese: キュー

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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