(heraldry) An animal's tail.
* 1863 , Charles Boutell, A Manual of Heraldry , p. 369:
* 1889 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), Micah Clarke , :
- HESSE: Az., a lion, queue fourchée, rampt., barry of ten, arg. and gu., crowned, or, and holding in his dexter paw a sword, ppr., hilt and pommel, gold.
* 1912 , :
- , there were seated astraddle the whole hundred of the baronet's musqueteers, each engaged in plaiting into a queue the hair of the man who sat in front of him.
* 1967 , William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner , Vintage 2004, p. 176:
- A large number of loyal officials, rather than shave the front part of the head and wear the Manchu queue , voluntarily shaved the whole head,
A line of people, vehicles or other objects, in which one at the front end is t with first, the one behind is dealt with next, and so on, and which newcomers join at the opposite end (the back).
* 1916 , ,
- Caparisoned for a week in purple velvet knee-length pantaloons, a red silk jacket with buckles of shiny brass, and a white goat's-hair wig which culminated behind in a saucy queue , I must have presented an exotic sight [...].
A waiting list or other means of organizing people or objects into a first-come-first-served order.
(computing) A data structure in which objects are added to one end, called the tail, and removed from the other, called the head (- a FIFO queue). The term can also refer to a LIFO queue or stack where these ends coincide.
* 2005 , David Flanagan, Java in a Nutshell , p. 234,
- I was absent-minded at the moment and was last in the queue .
- Queue implementations are commonly based on insertion order as in first-in, first-out (FIFO) queues or last-in, first-out queues (LIFO queues are also known as stacks).
* line (North America)
* double-ended queue
* queueing theory
* jump the queue
(British) To put oneself or itself at the end of a waiting line.
(British) To arrange themselves into a physical waiting queue.
(computing) To add to a queue data structure.
To fasten the hair into a queue.
* 1968 , Francis Russell, The American Heritage History of the Making of the Nation
* 1820 , Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Though Monroe the man has become a vague anachronistic figure in knee breeches and with queued , powdered hair, his name is perpetuated in the Monroe Doctrine, evoked by him as a temporary response to an immediate crisis.
- The sons, in short square skirted coats with rows of stupendous brass buttons, and their hair generally queued in the fashion of the times, especially if they could procure an eel skin for the purpose, it being esteemed throughout the country as potent nourisher and strengthener of the hair.
* (place itself at the end of a queue) join a queue, join the queue, line up
* queue up
One who, or that which, queues; a person waiting in line.