1. Alternatively referred to as a caret, a cursor is a visual representation that allows the user to specify where they want text to be placed. Commonly, this cursor is a vertical flashing line ( ), and is more commonly known as an i-cursor.
2. When referring to the mouse, cursor is used to describe the object used to point, click, drag, and drop items on a GUI operating system. See the mouse pointer definition for additional information about this type of cursor.