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queue in Computers topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishqueuequeue1 /kjuː/ ●●○ S3 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 LINEWAIT British English a line of people waiting to enter a building, buy something etc, or a line of vehicles waiting to move syn line American Englishbe/stand/wait in a queue 🔊 We stood in a queue for half an hour. 🔊 You’ll have to join the queue.queue of 🔊 a queue of people waiting for the busqueue for 🔊 the queue for the toiletsqueue to do something 🔊 There was a long queue to get into the cinema.the front/head/back/end of a queue 🔊 At last we got to the front of the queue.2 British English all the people who are waiting to have or get something 🔊 You’ll have to join the housing queue.queue for 🔊 the queue for kidney transplant operations 🔊 It is possible to jump the queue (=get something before people who have been waiting longer) if you are prepared to pay for your treatment.3 technicalTD a list of jobs that a computer has to do in a particular order 🔊 the print queue4 a number of telephone calls to a particular number that are waiting to be answered → the dole queue at dole1(2)COLLOCATIONSverbsstand/wait in a queueShe stood in the queue at the checkout.be in a queueI've been in this queue for fifteen minutes.form a queueOther passengers for the train were forming a queue.join a queueHe went back inside to join the queue for the toilets.take your place in a queue (=join it)I walked to the bus stop and took my place in the queue.jump the queue (=go to the front rather than joining the end of a queue)An argument developed when she tried to jump the queue.a queue formsA queue had formed outside the shop.a queue stretches somewhereThe queue stretched the full length of the building.adjectiveslong/bigAlready a long queue had formed outside the concert hallThere was a big queue.smallThere was a small queue of people waiting to see the doctor.an orderly queue (=with no bad behaviour or pushing in front of other people)She told the children to form an orderly queue.phrasesthe front/head of the queueHe pushed his way to the front of the queue.the back/end of the queueGet to the back of the queue!be first in a queueI wanted to be first in the queue when the doors opened.
Examples from the Corpus
queue• The women who were waiting outside the toilets began to form a queue.• There was a queue of about fifteen people at the bus stop.• Before long, lengthy queues began to form before opening time.• There was a long queue for the toilets.• Three girls lost two weeks for talking in the medicine queue whilst waiting for doses.• If you're heading for the Paris Disney during the Easter holidays, how can you beat the queues?• Meredith, recalling her brief conversation with Deanes in the queue, felt compelled to defend him.• Excuse me, are you in the queue?• I joined the queue for a taxi.• Another person joined the queue and the old lady immediately behind him began to look restive.• Credit-checking agencies, credit-card processors and other heavy telecoms users have been at the front of the queue.• At one point the queue stretched four deep for more than a quarter of mile.• The queue went right round the block.be/stand/wait in a queue• No-one walked the corridors or stood in queues and the Headmaster almost seemed friendly, if this is possible to believe.jump the queue• Why not save money - and jump the queue today.• Rayleen helped too, or rather her uniform did, giving us a pseudo-official status which meant we could jump the queue.• We can not jump the queue.