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cue

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
cue ball
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
visual
▪ Body language is probably the most important visual cue.
▪ We are responding to the visual cues.
▪ Nor are women so fixated by visual cues, so obsessed with physical rivalry.
▪ It is communicated both by auditory and visual cues.
▪ Nevertheless, rats can be trained to carry out visual discrimination tasks and will use visual cues to guide their natural behaviour.
■ NOUN
pool
▪ At least one knife was used and a broken pool cue.
▪ At first it was thought the men may have been stabbed with a broken pool cue.
■ VERB
give
▪ When given such a cue, the reply had to emerge.
▪ It was hard to tell whether Greene was giving cues to the crowd or taking them from it.
▪ When you do, we will keep the tape running and give you a cue line.
▪ The elephants are given a cue to start and then they improvise.
miss
▪ As soon as anyone misses their cue they return to number one and all those below the number move up one.
provide
▪ However, they are probably too infrequent to provide hearers with cues to ethnicity.
▪ Along the way she provides cues and signals to help the child with the next step.
▪ The system involves classifying lip-patterns which look alike and providing cues to disambiguate them.
▪ Information gleaned from those discussions may help the next day by providing cues on how to approach her opponents.
take
▪ Eventually, taking my cue as previously coached, I found myself shaking hands with Prince Charles.
▪ Maybe the academy membership took its cues from the small panel that decided the nominees in the top four categories.
▪ McGee, who had clearly been primed, did not move and Julia took her cue from him.
▪ They speculated, taking their cues from the beliefs of many religions, that mind would eventually free itself from matter.
▪ Well, he took my cue.
▪ It is time for us to take our cue from Buku khan and tackle the linguistic landscape of the Tarim Basin.
▪ The next man, taking his cue, did the same, and the next.
use
▪ They use intonational cues to signal the start of a new paragraph.
▪ This suggests that axons within such a bundle recognise one another using molecular cues and as such its relevance may be quite general.
▪ Nevertheless, rats can be trained to carry out visual discrimination tasks and will use visual cues to guide their natural behaviour.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Some people can cope with hearing loss by using other cues to meaning.
▪ Use the leash to give the dog cues about what you want him to do.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Black, taking his cue from the darkness, stands up from his spot and extends his hand to Blue.
▪ He was irritated when a cue to speak interrupted his imagining.
▪ The cue maker then carefully chooses and seasons the wood, before tapering and sanding it down on a lathe.
▪ The audience will take cues from you.
▪ The idea is to see if the terms on which bargainers settle can be influenced by such cues.
▪ The woman takes her cue from the guy eventually.
▪ There are cues that signify congestion.
▪ Thus the cues of subordinates, peers, supervisors, family and friends become important triggers to arousal.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Best to sit back and cue him up for the one-liners.
▪ I didn't have a solid grasp of myself - I depended on other people and surroundings to cue me.
▪ It takes a trained and sensitive therapist to cue in to your personal needs.
▪ It was still 1-1 after extra time, so cue the dreaded penalty shootout.
▪ The child's behaviour may then cue the adult as to how successful was the initial interpretation.
▪ This will cue the waiter to refill it.
▪ When the sun goes down, the eyes cue the gland to start pumping melatonin.
Wikipedia

Cue

Cue or CUE may refer to:

Cue (theatrical)

A theatrical cue is the trigger for an action to be carried out at a specific time. It is generally associated with theatre and the film industry. They can be necessary for a lighting change or effect, a sound effect, or some sort of stage or set movement/change.

Cue (band)

Cue is a Swedish pop duo group made up of musician Anders Melander and Niklas Hjulström. They have topped the Swedish Singles Chart with " Burnin'".

Anders Melander was a composer working for the Swedish TV and a theatre director at Angeredsteatern. He was also much earlier a member in the progg band Nationalteatern. Niklas Hjulström on the other hand was an actor. The two had cooperated before working on a song and Anders knew Hjulström was a skilled singer. So when Anders needed a singer to sing "Burnin'", a song composed by him for the Swedish TV series "Glappet", he asked Hjulström and they formed together a band called Cue.

Although not strictly intended for release as a hit, just usage for the TV series, the song gained popularity and upon release as the first single for Cue, it hit the Swedish charts at #1 for 4 weeks (14 November to 12 December 1997. It eventually sold 90,000 copies making it one of the most successful singles in the 1990s in Sweden. It also reached #4 in Norway and #9 in Finland.

When Hjulström's work at Angeredsteatern ended, it was an opportune time for the duo to release in 2000 their first album Cue and a second single from the album entitled "Crazy".

A second album followed in 2006 entitled Guide in Blue where both Anders Melander and Niklas Hjulström wrote songs.

Eventually Cue became more of a Hjulström solo project besides his new work as director and art leader at the theatre Folkteatern.

Cue (clothing)

Cue is a clothing store that was established in 1968. Its first store opened in the Strand Arcade, Sydney, Australia. Cue predominantly sells modern fashion from London and exclusive prints.

Cue (search engine)

Cue (formerly Greplin) was a website and app that pulled information from online accounts to present an overview of a user's day. The company was founded by Daniel Gross and Robby Walker.

Cue (audio)

To cue audio is to determine the desired initial playback point in a piece of recorded music. It is technique used often used radio broadcasting and DJing. DJs typically find the desired start place on a record, tape, CD, or other medium by listening to the recording with headphones and manipulating the turntable or other playback controls. DJs use headphones to cue up the start point; this means that the audience cannot hear the playback until the DJ wants them to. Once the recording is cued up to the desired start point, the DJ can then commence the playback of the recording at the desired moment. The goal of cueing is to avoid "dead air", that is, silence.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cue

Cue \Cue\, v. t. To form into a cue; to braid; to twist.

Cue

Cue \Cue\, n. [From q, an abbreviation for quadrans a farthing.] A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing. [Obs.]

Note: 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?
--Old Play. [1913 Webster] ||

Cue

Cue \Cue\ (k[=u]), n. [ OF. coue, coe, F. queue, fr. L. coda, cauda, tail. Cf. Caudal, Coward, Queue.]

  1. The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.

  2. 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.
    --Shak.

  3. A hint or intimation.

    Give them [the servants] their cue to attend in two lines as he leaves the house.
    --Swift.

  4. The part one has to perform in, or as in, a play.

    Were it my cueto fight, I should have known it Without a prompter.
    --Shak.

  5. Humor; temper of mind. [Colloq.]
    --Dickens.

  6. A straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in playing billiards.

WordNet

cue

v. assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned [syn: prompt, remind]

cue

  1. n. 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]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

cue

1928, from cue (n.1). Related: Cued, cueing.

cue

"stage direction," 1550s, from Q, which was used 16c., 17c. in stage plays to indicate actors' entrances, probably as an abbreviation of Latin quando "when" (see quandary) or a similar Latin adverb. Shakespeare's printed texts have it as both Q and cue.

cue

"billiard stick," 1749, variant of queue (n.). Cue ball first recorded 1881.

Wiktionary

cue

acr. (context legal English) clear and unmistakable error; legal standard for appeal of a decision by a Board of Veterans Appeals in the United States.

Usage examples of "cue".

April gambolled in like a lamb this year, and taking a cue from his sprightly kick-up-your-heels mood, the Spring season was all aflutter with the gay bustle of arrivals and departures.

However, I mustered up sufficient strength to follow her cue, but I could not help thinking that if she had really loved me she would not have found it possible to pass thus from love to mere friendship.

For the first time in weeks, Anna shows up for ballet, cueing recorded music as Lindsay and four others swoop out as fireflies, then laughing as they leap and wings pop and molt onto the floor.

Wix she took a fresh cue, emulating her governess and bridging over the interval with the simple expectation of trust.

The excerpt that follows is an interesting example of how the lack of ftf cues can make it difficult to tell whether someone is intending humor or irony, and when they are being honest or sly.

I could hardly believe what I was hearing or that Semery could have given such a faultless cue for his own public castigation.

The Christmas program came off with the usual cases of stage fright, flubbed lines, and missed cues.

Montjean took up the cue, describing her business with a glibness that had a quality of rote.

The hacendado was sorting through the cues where they stood in and out of a mahogany rack in the corner.

He broke the balls and they played straight pool and the hacendado beat him easily, walking about the table and chalking his cue with a deft rotary motion and announcing the shots in spanish.

The hacendado bent and sighted and banked the fourball the length of the table and stood and chalked his cue.

The ribbon, as if on cue, moved over to the bottom of one of the helical slides.

It was a simple form of the Kax Karot, which begins with couples, then develops into a line dance with all the young people leaping into the air on cue, the men with their arms around the waists of the women on each side, leaping as high as they can, making the women cry out for fear of losing their balance.

Harding leant across and fast-forwarded the rest of the tape on cue and review.

For perhaps a full second neither of the women spoke and then, for all the world as if they responded to some inaudible cue, Chloris and Madame Lisse were extremely gracious to each other.