a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle
"he put the cup back in the saucer"; "the handle of the cup was missing"
the quantity a cup will hold
"he drank a cup of coffee"; "he borrowed a cup of sugar"
any cup-shaped concavity
"bees filled the waxen cups with honey"; "he wore a jock strap with a metal cup"; "the cup of her bra"
a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces
cup-shaped plant organ
a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green
"he swore as the ball rimmed the cup and rolled away"; "put the flag back in the cup"
cup, loving cup(verb)
a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
"the school kept the cups is a special glass case"
form into the shape of a cup
"She cupped her hands"
put into a cup
"cup the milk"
treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin
A concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass).
Pour the tea into the cup.
A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces, 1/16 of a US gallon, or 236.5882365 ml.
A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
The World Cup is awarded to the winner of a quadrennial football tournament.
A contest for which a cup is awarded.
The World Cup is the world's most widely watched sporting event.
A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
The ball just misses the cup.
A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
Players of contact sports are advised to wear a cup.
One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast, used as a measurement of size.
The cups are made of a particularly uncomfortable material.
The symbol denoting union and similar operations (confer cap.)
A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands
Cup your hands and I'll pour some rice into them.
To hold something in cupped hands
He cupped the ball carefully in his hands.
(ultimate frisbee) A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.
A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup.)
Origin: From cuppe, from cuppa, probably a form of cupa, from keup-. Reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman cupe, from the same Latin source.
a small vessel, used commonly to drink from; as, a tin cup, a silver cup, a wine cup; especially, in modern times, the pottery or porcelain vessel, commonly with a handle, used with a saucer in drinking tea, coffee, and the like
the contents of such a vessel; a cupful
repeated potations; social or excessive indulgence in intoxicating drinks; revelry
that which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion
anything shaped like a cup; as, the cup of an acorn, or of a flower
a cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping
to supply with cups of wine
to apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping. See Cupping
to make concave or in the form of a cup; as, to cup the end of a screw
Origin: [AS. cuppe, LL. cuppa cup; cf. L. cupa tub, cask; cf. also Gr. ky`ph hut, Skr. kpa pit, hollow, OSlav. kupa cup. Cf. Coop, Cupola, Cowl a water vessel, and Cob, Coif, Cop.]
The cup is a customary unit of measurement for volume, used in cooking to measure liquids and bulk foods such as granulated sugar. Actual cups used in a household in any country may differ from the cup size used for recipes; standard measuring cups, often calibrated in fluid measure and weights of usual dry ingredients as well as in cups, are available. As a result of the fact that the imperial cup is actually out of use and the other definitions differ hardly, the U.S. measuring cups and metric measuring cups may be used as equal in practice. No matter what size cup is used, the ingredients of a recipe measured with the same size cup will have their volumes in the same proportion to one another. The relative amounts to ingredients measured differently may be affected by the definitions used.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kup, n. a vessel used to contain liquid: a drinking-vessel: the liquid contained in a cup: that which we must receive or undergo: afflictions: blessings.—v.i. to extract blood from the body by means of cupping-glasses: (Shak.) to make drunk:—pr.p. cup′ping; pa.p. cupped.—ns. Cup′-bear′er, one who attends at a feast to fill out and hand the wine; Cupboard (kub′urd), a place for keeping victuals, dishes, &c.—v.t. to store.—ns. Cup′board-love, -faith, love or faith indulged in for a material end; Cup′ful, as much as fills a cup:—pl. Cup′fuls; Cup′-gall, a cup-shaped gall in oak-leaves; Cup′-lī′chen, or -moss, a species of Cladonia; Cup′man, a boon companion; Cup′per, a cup-bearer: one professionally engaged in cupping; Cup′ping, the application of cups from which the air has been exhausted to a scarified part of the skin for the purpose of drawing blood; Cup′ping-glass, a glass used in the operation of cupping; Dry′-cup′ping, the application of cups without previous scarification; Lov′ing-cup, a cup (from which all drink) passed round at the close of a feast.—Cry cupboard, to cry for food; In his cups, under the influence of liquor; Many a slip between the cup and the lip, a proverb signifying that something adverse may occur at the last moment. [A.S. cuppe (Fr. coupe, It. coppa, a cup, the head); all from L. cupa, cuppa, a tub.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'CUP' in Written Corpus Frequency: #736
Rank popularity for the word 'CUP' in Nouns Frequency: #318
The numerical value of CUP in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of CUP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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- كوب, فنجان, كأس, كُوبArabic
- чаша, ча́ша, чашка, купаBulgarian
- tassa, copaCatalan, Valencian
- pohár, hrnek, košíček, šálekCzech
- cup, skål, pokal, kopDanish
- Kelch, Cup, Preis, Tasse, Becher, Pokal, KörbchenGerman
- φλιτζάνι, κύπελλο, κούπαGreek
- copa, tazaSpanish
- پیمانه, جام, پنگان, کاپ, فنجانPersian
- koppur, steyp, steypakappingFaroese
- coupe, tasse, bonnetFrench
- kopWestern Frisian
- copan, cupaScottish Gaelic
- conca, cunca, copaGalician
- कप, प्यालाHindi
- csésze, findzsaHungarian
- գավաթ, բաժակArmenian
- tasse, copeInterlingue
- coppa, tazzaItalian
- カップ, コップ, 茶わんJapanese
- аяқ, шыны аяқKazakh
- imertarfikKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- аяк, чөйчөк, чыныKyrgyz
- cantharus, pōculum, calixLatin
- puodelis, taurė, puodukasLithuanian
- kauss, tase, krūzīteLatvian
- чаша, филџан, шолја, куп, пехарMacedonian
- cawan, cangkirMalay
- beker, kop, jat, mok, tas, bekertoernooiDutch
- bee adláníNavajo, Navaho
- copa, tassaOccitan
- puchar, filiżankaPolish
- taça, xícara, copaPortuguese
- cuppin, cuppina, scadiola, coppa, tazza, scariola, cuppegnRomansh
- cupă, ceașcăRomanian
- ку́бок, ча́шечка, ча́ша, ча́шкаRussian
- pehar, шоља, šolja, пехар, филџан, kup, šoljica, куп, шољица, fildžan, šalica, čaša, чашаSerbo-Croatian
- pohár, hrnček, šálkaSlovak
- kopiSouthern Sotho
- kkp, turnering, kaffekopp, pokal, kopp, cup, kupa, hållaSwedish
- käse, çanakTurkmen
- kâse, tas, kupa, fincanTurkish
- касә, чынаяк, чашка, кәсәTatar
- پیالا, کپUrdu
- ly, tách, chénVietnamese
- bovül, tirüdülabovül, gleipedabovül, tiedabovül, kafabovül, köpVolapük
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