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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.

w>cue in

vt sepden Einsatz geben (+dat); (Film, TV) sceneabfahren lassen; tape etc(zur rechten Zeit) einspielen
References in classic literature ?
He entered the billiard-room, and was instantly greeted by his friend, cue in hand.
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.
I've seen dogs who can learn a new cue in as few as three or four clicks and others take longer.