- a braid of hair worn hanging down behind.
- a file or line, especially of people waiting their turn.
- Computers. a FIFO-organized sequence of items, as data, messages, jobs, or the like, waiting for action.
- to form in a line while waiting (often followed by up).
- Computers. to arrange (data, jobs, messages, etc.) into a queue.
Origin of queue
Related Words for queuedtouch, follow, score, adjoin, bound, rank, rim, verge, array, skirt, underline, cut, group, fix, draw, march, trace, communicate, inscribe, abut
Examples from the Web for queued
Contemporary Examples of queued
They queued at roadside snack stands for rations of peanuts, a holiday tradition.North Korea Lavishly Celebrates Kim Il Sung's Birthday
April 16, 2013
Most recently, Venezuelans queued for hours in search of wheat flour.Hugo Chávez’s House of Cards
March 7, 2013
By two in the afternoon, the customers were queued up down the block.New York Fuel Runs on Empty in Hurricane Sandy Aftermath
November 2, 2012
They queued up and took their place in the crowded, darkened cinema with the public.William at Thirty
June 21, 2012
Mostly, there were office workers on their lunch breaks and ladies from Long Island queued up for a shot at—well, not quite fame.Carrie Bradshaw and Me
August 5, 2009
Historical Examples of queued
That some of them clubbed and some of them queued their hair, I have already remarked.The Historical Child
She then went to a trunk and got a ribbon and queued my hair very nicely.
- a line of people, vehicles, etc, waiting for somethinga queue at the theatre
- computing a list in which entries are deleted from one end and inserted at the other
- a pigtail
- jump the queue See queue-jump
- (intr often foll by up) to form or remain in a line while waiting
- computing to arrange (a number of programs) in a predetermined order for accessing by a computer
Word Origin for queue
late 15c., "band attached to a letter with seals dangling on the free end," from French queue "a tail," from Old French cue, coe "tail" (12c., also "penis"), from Latin coda (dialectal variant or alternative form of cauda) "tail," of unknown origin. Also in literal use in 16c. English, "tail of a beast," especially in heraldry. The Middle English metaphoric extension to "line of dancers" (c.1500) led to extended sense of "line of people, etc." (1837). Also used 18c. in sense of "braid of hair hanging down behind" (first attested 1748).