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

Enjoy the massage with suction cups that leave no trace. Irena Medavoy, Town & Country, "How to Detox Like a Hollywood Power Player," 5 Nov. 2018 There is a clitoral suction cup that looks like a penguin. Allure, "The 37 Best Vibrators You Can Buy Right Now," 10 July 2018 There’s a variety of picks and blades for prying open tightly sealed device components on top of that, as well as different sets of tweezers and a suction cup for dealing with sensitive wires or glass parts. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 When paired with Olio Maestro's palm-sized suction cup, this woodsy-scented oil, laced with grapefruit peel and spearmint, rivals even the best lymphatic drainage massage. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "9 Fall Skin-Care Products For a Filter-Free Glow," 27 Sep. 2018 When the foot stirrups are depressed, the pistons evacuate extra air inside the suction cups. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "Anyone Can Be Spider-Man With DARPA's Wall-Climbing Invention," 7 Dec. 2016 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

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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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