queue

A queue is a line of things, usually people. If you go to the store on a big sale day, there will probably be a long queue at the check-out.

Queue comes from the Latin cauda, for tail. Outside the United States it means a line of people or vehicles waiting their turn, so if your English friend talks about queuing up for the movies, that means getting in line for a ticket. We also use it in computing to mean an order of messages to be sent. In a big office, you send documents to the printer queue, and they're printed in the order they are sent.

Definitions of queue
  1. noun
    a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
    synonyms: waiting line
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    bread line, breadline
    a queue of people waiting for free food
    checkout line
    a queue of people waiting to pay for purchases
    chow line
    a queue of people waiting for food to be served (especially at a military camp)
    gas line
    a queue of vehicles waiting to purchase gasoline
    reception line
    a line of people (hosts and guests of honor) who welcome the guests at a reception party
    ticket line
    a queue of people waiting to buy tickets
    unemployment line
    a queue of people waiting for employment
    type of:
    line
    a formation of people or things one behind another
  2. noun
    (information processing) an ordered list of tasks to be performed or messages to be transmitted
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    push-down queue
    a queue in which the last item to go in is the first item to come out (LIFO)
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    list, listing
    a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
  3. verb
    form a queue, form a line, stand in line
    synonyms: line up, queue up
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    stand, stand up
    be standing; be upright
  4. noun
    a braid of hair at the back of the head
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    braid, plait, tress, twist
    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
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