—n. 1. anything said or done, on or off stage, that is followed by a specific line or action: An off-stage door slam was his cue to enter. 2. anything that excites to action; stimulus.
3. a hint; intimation; guiding suggestion.
4. the part a person is to play; a prescribed or necessary course of action.
5. a sensory signal used to identify experiences, facilitate memory, or organize responses.
6. Archaic.frame of mind; mood.
7. miss a cue, a. to fail to respond to a cue.
b. Informal.to miss the point: You could tell by his expression that he had missed a cue.
—v.t. 1. to provide with a cue or indication; give a cue to; prompt: Will you cue me on my lines? 2. to insert, or direct to come in, in a specific place in a musical or dramatic performance (usually fol. by in or into): to cue in a lighting effect. 3. to search for and reach (a specific track on a recording) (sometimes fol. by up).
4. cue (someone) in,Informal.to inform; give instructions, information, news, etc., to: Cue him in on the plans for the dance.
—n. 1. a long, tapering rod, tipped with a soft leather pad, used to strike the ball in billiards, pool, etc.
2. a long, usually wooden stick with a concave head, used to propel the disks in shuffleboard.
3. a queue of hair.
4. a queue or file, as of persons awaiting their turn.
—v.t. 1. to tie into a queue.
2. to strike with a cue.