suction cup


Definition of suction cup

: a cup-shaped device in which a partial vacuum can be produced when applied to a surface

Examples of suction cup in a Sentence

The device is held to the wall with two suction cups.

Recent Examples on the Web

The muck tugged at our boots, then reluctantly let go, and our progress sounded like suction cups applied and released, over and over: pluck, pluck, pluck! William Booth, Washington Post, "Britain’s deadliest path," 26 July 2019 Windshield mounts usually stick to the inside of the glass via a suction cup. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "MN drivers: If you want to use your phone in the car, you’ll need a mount. Here’s how to select one.," 25 July 2019 To use, fill the bowl or sink with soapy water to cover half the height of the brush and push the suction cup firmly onto the bottom. Jean Kressy,, "Brush for glassware mounts in your sink," 5 Aug. 2019 There are even adjustable suction cups to offer more stability, and the self-draining trays are removable and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 15 Best Shower Organizers You Can Get Online Right Now," 5 Aug. 2018 These adhere via a suction cup or a special adhesive. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "MN drivers: If you want to use your phone in the car, you’ll need a mount. Here’s how to select one.," 25 July 2019 With both a counterweight and suction cups, the new robot appears able to keep its balance as move through its commands flawlessly. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Boston Dynamics New Handle Bot Seems Destined For Warehouses," 28 Mar. 2019 Also an ancient Chinese massage therapy, cupping, or myofascial decompression, uses a suction cup-like tool increase blood circulation. Julie Mazziotta,, "Kaley Cuoco Gets Cupping and Scraping Therapy After Her Workout Leaves Her ‘Absolutely Wrecked’," 25 June 2019 Russian psychologist Alfred Luk’yanovich Yarbus, who wrote the seminal volume on the topic, analyzed eye movements with the aid of suction cups attached to his subjects’ eyes in the 1950s and ‘60s. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Comcast’s new remote control feature allows viewers to change the channel with their eyes," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of suction cup

1942, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of suction cup

: a round, shallow cup made of a flexible material (such as rubber) that you attach to a surface by pressing the cup against the surface until the air between the cup and surface is removed

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Medical Definition of suction cup

: a cup of glass or of a flexible material (as rubber) in which a partial vacuum is produced when applied to a surface and which is used variously (as to bring blood to the surface of the skin)

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