cues; cued; cuing

A cue is the long stick used for playing pool. A cue is also a reminder or stimulus to do something.

In pool, you use the cue to hit the white ball into the red ball, aiming for a pocket. Other cues make things happen too. In acting, a lighting change or another actor's line could be a cue for you to enter the stage. During rehearsal, the actors need to learn their cues to make sure their timing is right. A cue can also be a clue or reminder of something. Anytime someone has good timing, they're on cue.

Definitions of cue
  1. noun
    an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
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    prompt, prompting
    a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken)
    type of:
    actor's line, speech, words
    words making up the dialogue of a play
  2. noun
    a stimulus that provides information about what to do
    synonyms: discriminative stimulus
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    type of:
    input, stimulant, stimulation, stimulus
    any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
  3. verb
    assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
    synonyms: prompt, remind
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    type of:
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  4. noun
    sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards
    synonyms: cue stick, pool cue, pool stick
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    type of:
    sports implement
    an implement used in a sport
  5. noun
    evidence that helps to solve a problem
    synonyms: clew, clue
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    mark, sign
    a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
    something serving as a sign of something else
    type of:
    an indication that makes something evident
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