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.

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The Ventosa light, designed by Achille Castiglioni, features a suction cup at one end and can adhere to almost any surface. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Exclusive: Leading Fashion E-Tailer Yoox Relaunches Design + Art Section," 17 May 2018 Neither the suction cup nor the rubber hand are ready for prime time just yet, but Ocado says robots like this should be integrated into its warehouses in the coming years. James Vincent, The Verge, "Welcome to the automated warehouse of the future," 8 May 2018 My skin seemed to benefit immediately from the massage, and there are even tiny suction cups to go around the eye area to try to reduce wrinkles there. Gina Tomaine, Good Housekeeping, "I Tried DIY Cupping Every Single Day For A Week—Here's What I Learned," 27 Apr. 2017 Real discounts also are possible on comfort and safety products like lumbar rolls, hot/cold pain-reducing pads, and high-quality suction cup shower handles. Esther Trattner,, "How to save money on vital medical equipment," 25 May 2018 The creatures attach to fish with a suction cup mouth, rasp a hole though the fish’s scales and skin, and feed on blood and body fluids. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Scientists on the hunt for blood-sucking sea lampreys in metro Detroit," 22 May 2018 As for the rest, beer without snacks is like tentacles without suction cups. James P. Dewan,, "5 beer snacks you can make at home to impress your drinking buddies," 17 May 2018 Cupping is often compared to deep-tissue massage, and my DIY cupping kit boasted that 5 minutes of using the rubber suction cups was equivalent to a 30-minute deep tissue massage. Gina Tomaine, Good Housekeeping, "I Tried DIY Cupping Every Single Day For A Week—Here's What I Learned," 27 Apr. 2017 The arm is equipped with a suction cup, which is great for grabbing hold of objects with stiff, flat surfaces, like cans and cartons, but still can’t deal with more delicate items. James Vincent, The Verge, "Welcome to the automated warehouse of the future," 8 May 2018

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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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