Definitions for: Cup


[n] a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle; "he put the cup back in the saucer"; "the handle of the cup was missing"
[n] a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition; "the school kept the cups is a special glass case"
[n] the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green; "he swore as the ball rimmed the cup and rolled away"; "put the flag back in the cup"
[n] a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
[n] cup-shaped plant organ
[n] a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces
[n] the quantity a cup will hold; "he drank a cup of coffee"; "he borrowed a cup of sugar"
[n] any cup-shaped concavity; "bees filled the waxen cups with honey"; "he wore a jock strap with a metal cup"; "the cup of her bra"
[v] treat by cupping
[v] put into a cup
[v] form into the shape of a cup; "She cupped her hands"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cup (k[u^]p), n. [AS. cuppe, LL. cuppa cup; cf. L. cupa
tub, cask; cf. also Gr. ky`ph hut, Skr. k[=u]pa pit, hollow,
OSlav. kupa cup. Cf. Coop, Cupola, Cowl a water vessel,
and Cob, Coif, Cop.]
1. A small vessel, used commonly to drink from; as, a tin
cup, a silver cup, a wine cup; especially, in modern
times, the pottery or porcelain vessel, commonly with a
handle, used with a saucer in drinking tea, coffee, and
the like.

2. The contents of such a vessel; a cupful.

Give me a cup of sack, boy. --Shak.

3. pl. Repeated potations; social or excessive indulgence in
intoxicating drinks; revelry.

Thence from cups to civil broils. --Milton.

4. That which is to be received or indured; that which is
allotted to one; a portion.

O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass
from me. --Matt. xxvi.
39.

5. Anything shaped like a cup; as, the cup of an acorn, or of
a flower.

The cowslip's golden cup no more I see. --Shenstone.

6. (Med.) A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used
to produce the vacuum in cupping.

Cup and ball, a familiar toy of children, having a cup on
the top of a piece of wood to which, a ball is attached by
a cord; the ball, being thrown up, is to be caught in the
cup; bilboquet. --Milman.

Cup and can, familiar companions.

Dry cup, Wet cup (Med.), a cup used for dry or wet
cupping. See under Cupping.

To be in one's cups, to be drunk.


Cup, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cupped (k[u^]pt); p. pr. & vb.
n. Cupping.]
1. To supply with cups of wine. [R.]

Cup us, till the world go round. --Shak.

2. (Surg.) To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the
operation of cupping. See Cupping.

3. (Mech.) To make concave or in the form of a cup; as, to
cup the end of a screw.

Synonyms: cupful, loving cup, transfuse

See Also: acorn cup, beaker, care for, chalice, champagne cup, claret cup, coffee cup, concave shape, concavity, container, containerful, crockery, cupule, cylix, Davis Cup, dishware, Dixie cup, drinking cup, enclose, form, gill, goblet, grace cup, hole, inclose, incurvation, incurvature, insert, introduce, kylix, measuring cup, moustache cup, mustache cup, paper cup, pint, plant organ, prize, punch, put in, scyphus, shape, stick in, teacup, treat, trophy, United States liquid unit

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