American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small open container, usually with a flat bottom and a handle, used for drinking.
- n. Such a container and its contents.
- n. A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters). See Table at measurement.
- n. The bowl of a drinking vessel.
- n. The chalice or the wine used in the celebration of the Eucharist.
- n. A decorative cup-shaped vessel awarded as a prize or trophy.
- n. Sports A golf hole or the metal container inside a hole.
- n. Either of the two parts of a brassiere that fit over the breasts.
- n. An athletic supporter having a protective reinforcement of rigid plastic or metal.
- n. A sweetened, flavored, usually chilled beverage, especially one made with wine: claret cup.
- n. A dish served in a cup-shaped vessel: fruit cup.
- n. A cuplike object.
- n. Biology A cuplike structure or organ.
- n. A lot or portion to be suffered or enjoyed.
- v. To place in or as in a cup.
- v. To shape like a cup: cup one's hand.
- v. To subject to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.
- idiom. cup of tea Something that one excels in or enjoys: Opera is not my cup of tea.
- idiom. cup of tea A matter to be reckoned or dealt with: Recreational sport is relaxing. Professional sport is another cup of tea altogether.
- idiom. in (one's) cups Intoxicated; drunk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small vessel used to contain liquids generally; a drinking-vessel; a chalice. The name is commonly given specifically to a drinking-vessel smaller at the base than at the top, without a stem and foot, and with or without a handle or handles. See glass, goblet, mug.
- n. Specifically That part of a drinking-cup or similar vessel which contains the liquid, as distinguished from the stem and foot when these are present.
- n. Eccles., the chalice from which the wine is dispensed in the sacrament of the Lord's supper.
- n. A cup-shaped or other vessel of precious metal, or by extension any elaborately wrought piece of plate, offered as a prize to be contended for in yacht- and horse-racing and other sports.
- n. [capitalized] The constellation Crater.
- n. Something formed like a cup: as, the cup of an acorn, of a flower, etc.
- n. Specifically— In botany: The concave fruiting body of angiocarpous lichens and discomycetous fungi: same as discocarp and apothecium. The peridium of a cluster-cup fungus, Æcidium. In golfing, a small cavity or hole in the course, probably made by the stroke of a previous player.
- n. In steam-boilers, one of a series of depressions or domes used to increase the amount of heating surface.
- n. A cupping-glass.
- n. A small vessel of determinate size for receiving the blood during venesection. It has usually contained about four ounces. A bleeding of two cups is consequently one of eight ounces.
- n. The quantity contained in a cup; the contents of a cup: as, a cup of tea.
- n. Suffering to be endured; evil which falls to one's lot; portion: from the idea of a bitter or poisonous draught from a cup.
- n. A drink made of wine, generally iced, sweetened, and flavored according to many different receipts, and sometimes containing many ingredients. The different varieties are named from the chief ingredient, as claret-cup, champagnc-cup, etc.
- n. plural The drinking of intoxicating liquors; a drinking-bout; intoxication.
- To supply with cups, as of liquor.
- To make drunk.
- To bleed by means of cupping-glasses; perform the operation of cupping upon.
- To drink.
- To perform the operation of cupping: as, to cup for inflammation.
- In golfing, to hit or break the ground with the club when striking the ball.
- To fit concavely over a contiguous leaf. See cupping, 4.
- n. A concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass).
- n. A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces, 1/16 of a US gallon, or 236.5882365 ml.
- n. A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
- n. A contest for which a cup is awarded.
- n. golf A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
- n. US A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
- n. One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast, used as a measurement of size.
- n. mathematics The symbol denoting union and similar operations (confer cap.)
- n. A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
- n. A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.
- n. A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup).
- v. transitive To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands.
- v. transitive To hold something in cupped hands.
- v. transitive, obsolete To supply with cups of wine.
- v. transitive, surgery, archaic To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping.
- v. transitive, engineering To make concave or in the form of cup.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small vessel, used commonly to drink from; ; especially, in modern times, the pottery or porcelain vessel, commonly with a handle, used with a saucer in drinking tea, coffee, and the like.
- n. The contents of such a vessel; a cupful.
- n. Repeated potations; social or excessive indulgence in intoxicating drinks; revelry.
- n. That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion.
- n. Anything shaped like a cup.
- n. (Med.) A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.
- v. rare To supply with cups of wine.
- v. (Surg.) To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping. See Cupping.
- v. (Mech.) To make concave or in the form of cup.
- v. put into a cup
- n. a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
- n. the quantity a cup will hold
- n. the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green
- v. treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin
- n. a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces
- v. form into the shape of a cup
- n. a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle
- n. any cup-shaped concavity
- n. a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
- n. cup-shaped plant organ
- From Old English cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa, probably a form of Latin cūpa ("tub"), from Proto-Indo-European *keup- (“a hollow”). Reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman cupe, from the same Latin source. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cuppe, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa, drinking vessel, perhaps variant of Latin cūpa, tub, cask. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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