cursor

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin cursor (runner), from currō (run) + -or (agentive suffix). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European.

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Noun[edit]

cursor (plural cursors)

  1. A part of any of several scientific instruments that moves back and forth to indicate a position
  2. (graphical user interface) A moving icon or other representation of the position of the pointing device.
  3. (graphical user interface) An indicator, often a blinking line or bar, indicating where the next insertion or other edit will take place. Also referred to as "the caret".
  4. (databases) A reference to a row of data in a table, which moves from row to row as data is retrieved by way of it.
  5. (programming) A design pattern in object oriented methodology in which a collection is iterated uniformly, also known as the iterator pattern.

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Verb[edit]

cursor (third-person singular simple present cursors, present participle cursoring, simple past and past participle cursored)

  1. (intransitive, computing) To navigate by means of the cursor keys.
    • 1990, InfoWorld (volume 12, number 22, 28 May 1990)
      The only other problem is that there's a nagging tendency for the highlight to overrun when cursoring through file lists.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From currō (run).

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Noun[edit]

cursor m (genitive cursōris); third declension

  1. A runner, racer.
  2. A courier, messenger, post.
  3. A slave, who ran before the chariot of a grandee, forerunner.

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cursor cursōrēs
genitive cursōris cursōrum
dative cursōrī cursōribus
accusative cursōrem cursōrēs
ablative cursōre cursōribus
vocative cursor cursōrēs

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References[edit]

  • cursor in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cursor.

Noun[edit]

cursor m (plural cursores)

  1. cursor