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Definition a line of people waiting for something; or anything (such as computer tasks) that are lined up to be handled in order

Much more rarely, queue can refer to a pigtail (a braid of hair worn hanging at the back) as in "At that time in history, the Manchus forced the Han Chinese to adopt the Manchu queue hairstyle."
  • People have already begun to queue up outside the theatre.
queue = line
  • Dozens of ambulances queued up outside the hospital waiting for their turn.
  • queued = lined
  • By default, messages in the computer's queue are handled in a first-in-first-out order (FIFO).
  • queue = ordered list
  • People have already begun to form a queue outside the theatre.
  • queue = line
  • Universal Studios started using virtual queues so people don't spend all day waiting in lines.
  • queues = lines
  • Patients are assigned a place in a triage queue based on vital signs and primary complaint, but things can change.
  • queue = line
  • At the head of the queue of course were the hungriest—
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • queue = line
  • He remembered ... the enormous queues outside the bakeries, the intermittent machine-gun fire in the distance — above all, the fact that there was never enough to eat.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • queues = lines of people
  • After waiting by turns for three hours the queue disperses.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • queue = line
  • How different this is from the conditions in the soldiers' brothels, to which we are allowed to go, and where we have to wait in long queues.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • queues = lines
  • The person immediately ahead of him in the queue was a small, swiftly-moving, beetle-like man with a flat face and tiny, suspicious eyes.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • queue = line of people
  • The queue gave another jerk forward.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • queue = line of people
  • In the low-ceilinged canteen, deep underground, the lunch queue jerked slowly forward.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • queue = line of people
  • Our gang formed the head of the queue before the cook-house.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • queue = line
  • The queue edged forward till Winston was almost at the counter, then was held up for two minutes because someone in front was complaining that he had not received his tablet of saccharine.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • queue = line of people
  • He passed his hand over his eyes as though he were trying to wipe away the remembered image of those long rows of identical midgets at the assembling tables, those queued-up twin-herds at the entrance to the Brentford monorail station, those human maggots swarming round Linda's bed of death, the endlessly repeated face of his assailants.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • queued = lined
  • Crowds of lower-caste workers were queued up in front of the monorail station-seven or eight hundred Gamma, Delta and Epsilon men and women, with not more than a dozen faces and statures between them.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • queued = lined
  • I went quickly from him with the sack on my back; running to get to the head of the waiting queue.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • A few of the brothers were already queueing up by the token barrels as Clydas took the lid off and almost dropped it on his foot.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • They queued up for yours, though.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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