a small, open container made of china, glass, metal, etc., usually having a handle and used chiefly as a receptable from which to drink tea, soup, etc.
the bowllike part of a goblet or the like.
a cup with its contents.
the quantity contained in a cup.
a unit of capacity, equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters) or 16 tablespoons; half-pint.
an ornamental bowl, vase, etc., especially of precious metal, offered as a prize for a contest.
any of various beverages, as a mixture of wine and various ingredients: claret cup.
the chalice used in the Eucharist.
the wine of the Eucharist.
something to be partaken of or endured; one's portion, as of joy or suffering.
any cuplike utensil, organ, part, cavity, etc.
either of the two forms that cover and usually support the breasts in a brassiere or other garment, as a bathing suit.
an athletic supporter reinforced with rigid plastic or metal for added protection.
the metal receptacle within the hole.
the hole itself.
Cup, Astronomy. the constellation Crater.
Metalworking. a cylindrical shell closed at one end, especially one produced in the first stages of a deep-drawing operation.
Mathematics. the cuplike symbol ∪, used to indicate the union of two sets.: Compare union (def. 10a).
cups, Archaic. the drinking of intoxicating liquors.
to take or place in, or as in, a cup: He cupped his ear with the palm of his hand.
to form into a cuplike shape: He cupped his hands.
Idioms about cup
- cuplike, adjective
- un·der·cup, noun
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How to use cup in a sentence
Inspiration to combine the plastic knob with the touchscreen came from a Keurig cup on a conference room table during a meeting to discuss how to handle volume input, he said.Ford’s electric Mustang Mach-E is an important leap into the future | Dan Carney | February 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
There are probably other cups or plates you will grow to love as much.Replacing pieces of flatware or china can be a challenge. Here’s how to track them down. | Laura Daily | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
With brain signals alone, these people have been able to shop online, communicate — even use a prosthetic arm to sip from a cup.New technology can get inside your head. Are you ready? | Laura Sanders | February 11, 2021 | Science News For Students
There’s no pretense that Travis Scott was deep in the test kitchen carefully dipping fries into different sauce cups, or that Charli D’Amelio stood behind the espresso machine layering in syrups until something clicked.Celebrities have always done endorsements. Now they sell their fast food orders. | Jameson Rich | February 5, 2021 | Vox
Living in a home based on that of an insect that might have stung you as a child and which you’d gladly squash with a rolled-up newspaper if given the opportunity might not be everyone’s cup of tea.This Hive-Like House Is 3D Printed, Carbon-Neutral, and Made of Clay | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | February 3, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Anthony Goldstein probably chose a trip to the Quidditch World cup over his Birthright trip to Israel.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Soak the cranberries in ¾ cup cranberry juice for 15 minutes.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries | Carla Hall | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His ups and downs professionally outside of the World cup are a vital a part of his story in the book.
I was bored, but I grabbed a red Solo cup, filled it with beer, and stayed with my group, chatting with the brothers about Jim.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Finally, he says, “Would you like a cup of tea or something?”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And he himself brought her the golden-brown bouillon, in a dainty Sevres cup, with a flaky cracker or two on the saucer.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
She thrust a bare, white arm from the curtain which shielded her open door, and received the cup from his hands.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
A quite young child will, for example, pretend to do something, as to take an empty cup and carry out the semblance of drinking.Children's Ways | James Sully
His pacing had brought him to the opposite end of the board, where stood the cup of wine madame had poured for Marius.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
She gave him his cup of tea, with the same gesture that had charmed Nigel on the day when he first visited her.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for cup
a small open container, usually having one handle, used for drinking from
the contents of such a container: that cup was too sweet
Also called: teacup, cupful a unit of capacity used in cooking equal to approximately half a pint, 8 fluid ounces, or about one quarter of a litre
something resembling a cup in shape or function, such as the flower base of some plants of the rose family or a cuplike bodily organ
either of two cup-shaped parts of a brassiere, designed to support the breasts
a cup-shaped trophy awarded as a prize
a sporting contest in which a cup is awarded to the winner
(as modifier): a cup competition
a mixed drink with one ingredient as a base, usually served from a bowl: claret cup
golf the hole or metal container in the hole on a green
the chalice or the consecrated wine used in the Eucharist
one's lot in life
in one's cups drunk
one's cup of tea informal one's chosen or preferred thing, task, company, etc: she's not my cup of tea
to form (something, such as the hands) into the shape of a cup
to put into or as if into a cup
archaic to draw blood to the surface of the body of (a person) by using a cupping glass
- cuplike, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with cup
In addition to the idiom beginning with cup
- cup of tea, one's
- in one's cups
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