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cup

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noun \ˈkəp\

Simple Definition of cup

  • : a small round container that often has a handle and that is used for drinking liquids (such as tea and coffee)

  • : the liquid that is contained in a cup

  • : a unit of measurement that is used when you are cooking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cup

  1. 1 :  an open usually bowl-shaped drinking vessel

  2. 2 a :  a drinking vessel and its contents b :  the consecrated wine of the Communion

  3. 3 :  something that falls to one's lot

  4. 4 :  an ornamental cup offered as a prize (as in a championship)

  5. 5 :  something resembling a cup: as a :  a cup-shaped plant organ b :  an athletic supporter reinforced usually with plastic to provide extra protection to the wearer c :  either of two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breasts d :  the metal case inside a hole in golf; also :  the hole itself

  6. 6 :  a usually iced beverage resembling punch but served from a pitcher rather than a bowl

  7. 7 :  a half pint :  eight fluid ounces

  8. 8 :  a food served in a cup-shaped usually footed vessel <a fruit cup>

  9. 9 :  the symbol ∪ indicating the union of two sets — compare cap 7

cuplike

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in one's cups

  1. :  drunk

Examples of cup in a sentence

  1. Would you like another cup of tea?

  2. The winner will take home the cup.



Origin and Etymology of cup

Middle English cuppe, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa cup, alteration of Latin cupa tub — more at hive


First Known Use: before 12th century


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cup

verb

Simple Definition of cup

  • : to curve (your hand) into the shape of a cup

  • : to put your hand in a curved shape around (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cup

cupped

cupping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat by cupping

  3. 2 a :  to curve into the shape of a cup <cupped his hands around his mouth> b :  to place in or as if in a cup

Examples of cup in a sentence

  1. He cupped his hands around his mouth and shouted at us.

  2. I had to cup my hand to my ear in order to hear him.

  3. He cupped his mouth with his hands and shouted at us.

  4. I sat with my chin cupped in my hand.



14th Century

First Known Use of cup

14th century

Rhymes with cup

dup, hup, pup, scup, sup, tup, up, yup



CUP Defined for Kids

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cup

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noun \ˈkəp\

Definition of cup for Students

  1. 1 :  a container to drink out of in the shape of a small bowl usually with a handle

  2. 2 :  the contents of a small drinking container :  cupful <I drank a cup of tea.>

  3. 3 :  a unit of measure that equals half a pint or eight fluid ounces

  4. 4 :  a trophy in the shape of a cup with two handles

  5. 5 :  something like a small bowl in shape or use <I picked her up in the cup of my hands … — Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain>




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cup

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verb

Definition of cup for Students

cupped

cupping

  1. 1 :  to curve the hand or hands into the shape of a small bowl

  2. 2 :  to put the hands in a curved shape around <She cupped my face.>




Medical Dictionary

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cup

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noun \ˈkəp\

Medical Definition of cup

  1. 1:  a usually open bowl-shaped drinking vessel often having a handle and a stem and base and sometimes a lid

  2. 2:  a drinking vessel and its contents :  the beverage or food contained in a cup <a second cup of coffee>

  3. 3:  something resembling a cup <invagination of the blastula to form a multilayered cellular cup>: asa (1):  an athletic supporter reinforced for providing extra protection to the wearer in certain strenuous sports (as boxing, hockey, or football) (2):  either of the two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breastsb:  a small bell-shaped glass formerly used in cuppingc:  a cap of metal or plastic shaped like the femoral head and used in plastic reconstruction of the hip joint




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cup

verb

Medical Definition of cup

cupped

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cupping

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to treat by cupping

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo or perform cupping





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