1. A line of waiting people or vehicles.
a. A sequence of stored data or programs awaiting processing.
b. A data structure from which the first item that can be retrieved is the one stored earliest.
3. A long braid of hair worn hanging down the back of the neck; a pigtail.
v. queued, queu·ing, queues
To get in line: queue up at the box office.
1. To place in a sequence: queued the queries in order of relevance.
2. To braid or twist (hair) into a queue.
[French, tail, queue, from Middle French, from Old French cue, tail, from Latin cauda, cōda; see CODA.]
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