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 iFixit kit arrived with some tweezers, a screwdriver, plastic picks and a suction cup to remove the screen. New York Times, 25 May 2022 The screen’s telescopic arm attaches to the dash or windshield via a suction cup. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 Accessories that stick on the dash block your view and are prone to suction cup malfunction, or need to be permanently affixed with an adhesive, a big downside of the Intellidash+. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 The suspect showed him a dent, used a suction cup to pull the dent out, put an unknown substance on it, then asked for payment. Graydon Megan,, 11 Apr. 2022 Each time a ripe strawberry is identified, a silicone robotic hand with a suction cup in the middle moves in, grabs the strawberry, and then uses three fingers to twist it away from the stem and place it in a bin. Khari Johnson, Wired, 16 Feb. 2022 The mount has a telescopic arm that can extend a foot and a half, a secure suction cup, and a lock and release mechanism that’s easy to use. Christina Liao, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 In the case of the leviathan observed in the Santa Barbara Channel, Southall and his colleagues had previously attached temporary trackers, via suction cup, to the female blue whale. Susanne Rust Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Simply stick the suction cup air pump on the side of the tank and feed the tube into the top of the tank to produce, ultra-quiet, high quality air for your fish. Tim Kohut, BGR, 23 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of suction cup

1942, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

3 Jun 2022

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“Suction cup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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