Computers.a movable, sometimes blinking, symbol that indicates the position on a CRT or other type of display where the next character entered from the keyboard will appear, or where user action is needed, as in the correction of an erroneous character already displayed.
a sliding object, as the lined glass on a slide rule, that can be set at any point on a scale.
Origin: 1250–1300;Middle English: courier (def 2 from late 16th century) < Latin: a runner, racer, courier, equivalent to cur(rere) to run + -sor, for -tor-tor; cf. course
computer sense is 1967 extension of name for the sliding part of a slide rule or other instrument (1594), earlier "a running messenger" (c.1300), from L. cursor "runner," from currere "to run" (see current).
1. A visually distinct mark on a display indicating where newly typed text will be inserted. The cursor moves as text is typed and, in most modern editors, can be moved around within a document by the user to change the insertion point. 2. In SQL, a named control structure used by an application program to point to a row of data. The position of the row is within a table or view, and the cursor is used interactively so select rows from columns. (1996-12-27)