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cup

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noun \ˈkəp\

Definition of cup

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

  2. 2a :  a drinking vessel and its contentsb :  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: such asa :  a cup-shaped plant organb :  an athletic supporter reinforced usually with plastic to provide extra protection to the wearerc :  either of two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breastsd :  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.

Recent Examples of cup from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cup

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


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cup

verb

Definition of cup

cupped

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cupping

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

  3. 2a :  to curve into the shape of a cup cupped his hands around his mouthb :  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.

Recent Examples of cup from the Web

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First Known Use of cup

14th century



CUP Defined for English Language Learners

cup

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noun

Definition of cup for English Language Learners

  • : 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

cup

verb

Definition of cup for English Language Learners

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

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


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

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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

;

cupping

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to treat by cupping

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo or perform cupping



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