- the zodiacal degree that marks the beginning of a house or a sign.
- Informal. a person born on the first day of a sign.
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OTHER WORDS FROM cuspcuspal, adjective
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MORE ABOUT CUSP
What is a cusp?
Most often, cusp is used figuratively to mean a turning point or a point that marks a new beginning, as in Jorge was on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough when his grant money ran out.
Literally, a cusp is a point or pointed end, as with the peak of a mountain.
Cusp also has several specialized uses, too. In anatomy and related fields, a cusp is the tip, as on a tooth. Your dentist might refer to your cuspid and bicuspid teeth. These are teeth with one point and two points, respectively.
In architecture, a cusp is the apex of two curves that come to a point, found especially in Gothic arches.
And in astronomy, a cusp is the point of a crescent, such as with the moon.
Example: We are on the cusp of a great discovery.
Where does cusp come from?
The first records of the term cusp come from the 1570s. It comes from the Latin cuspis, meaning “a point.”
You’re likely to hear the phrase on the cusp. Literally this means “on the border between two things.” This can be literal, as with borderlines drawn between properties or with someone who is standing right on the edge of something about to drop off of it. However, it’s more often figurative, such as referring to the space between or overlap of two concepts or someone being about to do something. For example, someone born on the first day of a new zodiac sign is said to be on the cusp of the sign that came before it. And someone can say they are on the cusp of a victory or a failure.
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How is cusp used in real life?
Cusp is most often used figuratively to describe being on the verge of something.
When you buy Christmas gifts on the cusp of arriving on time and arriving late and you have no way of knowing when exactly they'll arrive.
Plz FedEx, gimme that tracking number. pic.twitter.com/3wA7nGLMmH
— Merdy🪶Burbtuber🐥 (@Merdyburd) December 20, 2021
i'm sorry to interrupt, it's just i'm constantly on the cusp of trying to kiss you.
— rena (@renalovelis) October 7, 2015
Feelin inspired. Headin to the studio to make some music. We are on the cusp of greatness. #youdontevenknowwhatscomin
— Jake Miller (@jakemiller) April 19, 2014
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I was on the cusp of failing history class when I got an A that saved my grade.
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The People’s Bank of China is on the cusp of launching a digital yuan, which many believe will help China weaken the influence of the greenback in global trade.Mastercard launches digital currency kit for central banks|Jeff|September 9, 2020|Fortune
Here’s how confident Jeff Sprecher is that he’s on the cusp of transforming the lengthy, paper-heavy slog of getting a home loan into a fully digitized snap.
The 2020 college football season is looking less and less likely, with Power Five conferences reportedly on the cusp of calling off or at least postponing fall sports.Notre Dame Didn’t Want To Join A Conference. But The ACC Could Have Helped It Win.|Jake Lourim|August 10, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Curie was also on the cusp of announcing that it had struck some deals with fitness studios to carry its deodorant.As headwinds emerge, DTC brands bet on early growth to carry them through the rest of the year|Anna Hensel|July 27, 2020|Digiday
Unlike most well-known auroras, the cusp type can be seen midday.Newfound ‘dunes’ is among weirdest of northern lights|Maria Temming|March 9, 2020|Science News For Students
The novel is a near perfect portrayal of the emotions of a young girl on the cusp of womanhood.These Female Contemporaries Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf|Louisa Treger|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
France, and indeed Europe, was on the cusp of a new kind of living where governments needed to be efficient.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator|J.P. O’Malley|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the Daily Beast reported earlier this week, Pippa Middleton is on the cusp of signing a deal to be a special reporter for NBC.Pippa Middleton's Country Dancing NBC Try Out|Tom Sykes|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These new cases, both real and merely suspected, are coming right as we approach the cusp of influenza season.Parents’ Ebola Panic Is Taking Over My Clinic|Russell Saunders|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I always read him as an older kind of a guy on the cusp of finishing school and finding a job,” he said.Why 'The Giver' Movie Will Disappoint the Book's Fans|Kevin Fallon|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The specimens from Honduras have a basal cusp on the hinder edge of the lower canine.A Synopsis of the American Bats of the Genus Pipistrellus|Walter W. Dalquest
The pierced cusp gives a peculiar lightness and brilliancy to the window, but is not so sublime.
In every other case the form of the aperture is determined, either by a flat and solid cusp as in 6, or by a pierced cusp as in 4.
II.; and its derivation from the solid cusp will be understood, at once, from the woodcut Fig.
The ornaments of the cusp might thus be worked without any troublesome reference to the rest of the arch.The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)|John Ruskin