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cursor

[ kur-ser ]
/ ˈkɜr sər /
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noun
Digital Technology. a movable, sometimes blinking, marker that indicates the position on a display screen where the next character entered from the keyboard will appear, or where user action is possible.
a sliding object, as the lined glass on a slide rule, that can be set at any point on a scale.
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Origin of cursor

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English in the earlier sense “runner, courier,” from Latin: literally, “runner, runner in a race, messenger, footman,” equivalent to cur(rere) “to run” + -sor, variant of -tor; def. 2 was first recorded in 1590–1600 and def. 1 in 1965–70; see origin at course,-tor

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British Dictionary definitions for cursor

cursor
/ (ˈkɜːsə) /

noun
the sliding part of a measuring instrument, esp a transparent sliding square on a slide rule
any of various means, typically a flashing bar or underline, of identifying a particular position on a computer screen, such as the insertion point for text
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