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cue 1

1. Games
a. A long tapered stick with a leather tip used to strike the cue ball in billiards and pool.
b. A long stick with a concave attachment at one end for shoving disks in shuffleboard.
2. Nonstandard Variant of queue.
tr.v. cued, cu·ing, cues
1. Games To strike (a ball) with a cue.
2. Nonstandard Variant of queue.

[French queue, tail, billiards cue (in the latter sense perhaps originally referring to the narrow leather-tipped end, or "tail," of the cue); see queue.]

cue 2

1. A signal, such as a word or action, used to prompt another event in a performance, such as an actor's speech or entrance, a change in lighting, or a sound effect.
a. A reminder or prompting.
b. A hint or suggestion.
3. Music
a. An extract from the music for another part printed, usually in smaller notes, within a performer's part as a signal to enter after a long rest.
b. A gesture by a conductor signaling the entrance of a performer or part.
4. Psychology A stimulus, either consciously or unconsciously perceived, that elicits or signals a type of behavior.
5. Archaic One's assigned role or function.
6. Archaic A mood; a disposition.
tr.v. cued, cu·ing, cues
1. To give a cue to; signal or prompt.
2. To insert into the sequence of a performance: cued the lights for the monologue scene.
3. To position (an audio or video recording) in readiness for playing: cue up a record on the turntable.
Phrasal Verb:
cue in
To give information or instructions to, as to a latecomer.

[Perhaps from q, qu, abbreviation of Latin quandō, when, used for actors' copies of plays; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

cue 3

The letter q.
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w>cue in

vt sepden Einsatz geben (+dat); (Film, TV) sceneabfahren lassen; tape etc(zur rechten Zeit) einspielen
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References in classic literature ?
He entered the billiard-room, and was instantly greeted by his friend, cue in hand.
Also surprising was that most of the predictive power was carried by a single cue (r = .43 for the strongest cue in each study, R = .52 for combined effects).
Gearing up for celebrating its 40th year in 2018, CUE recently launched a membership promotion and will host its annual Fall CUE in October in Napa Valley and the National CUE Conference in March 2018 in Palm Springs.