• WordNet 3.6
    • v cup treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin
    • v cup put into a cup "cup the milk"
    • v cup form into the shape of a cup "She cupped her hands"
    • n cup 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"
    • n cup 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"
    • n cup 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"
    • n cup a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
    • n cup cup-shaped plant organ
    • n cup a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces
    • n cup the quantity a cup will hold "he drank a cup of coffee","he borrowed a cup of sugar"
    • n cup 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Oil-Cup The Oil-Cup
Spanish Cup Spanish Cup
The Tin Cup Went Round Again and Again The Tin Cup Went Round Again and Again
Top decoration cups Top decoration cups
,  Cups: Arkansas (?).--1/3 , Cups: Arkansas (?).--1/3
There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip
eggs, bowl, cup, etc eggs, bowl, cup, etc

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Tupperware item marketed was the seven-ounce bathroom cup in 1945
    • Cup (Med) A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.
    • Cup 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.
    • Cup Anything shaped like a cup; as, the cup of an acorn, or of a flower. "The cowslip's golden cup no more I see."
    • Cup Repeated potations; social or excessive indulgence in intoxicating drinks; revelry. "Thence from cups to civil broils."
    • Cup That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion. "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me."
    • Cup The contents of such a vessel; a cupful. "Give me a cup of sack, boy."
    • Cup (Surg) To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping. See Cupping.
    • Cup (Mech) To make concave or in the form of a cup; as, to cup the end of a screw.
    • Cup To supply with cups of wine. "Cup us, till the world go round."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Each year, Americans throw away 25 trillion Styrofoam cups
    • n cup A small vessel used to contain liquids generally; a drinking-vessel; a chalice. The name is commonly given specifically to a drinking-vessel smaller at the base than at the top, without a stem and foot, and with or without a handle or handles. See glass, goblet, mug.
    • n cup Specifically That part of a drinking-cup or similar vessel which contains the liquid, as distinguished from the stem and foot when these are present.
    • n cup Eccles., the chalice from which the wine is dispensed in the sacrament of the Lord's supper.
    • n cup A cup-shaped or other vessel of precious metal, or by extension any elaborately wrought piece of plate, offered as a prize to be contended for in yacht- and horse-racing and other sports.
    • n cup [capitalized] The constellation Crater.
    • n cup Something formed like a cup: as, the cup of an acorn, of a flower, etc.
    • n cup Specifically— In botany: The concave fruiting body of angiocarpous lichens and discomycetous fungi: same as discocarp and apothecium. The peridium of a cluster-cup fungus, Æcidium. In golfing, a small cavity or hole in the course, probably made by the stroke of a previous player.
    • n cup In steam-boilers, one of a series of depressions or domes used to increase the amount of heating surface.
    • n cup A cupping-glass.
    • n cup A small vessel of determinate size for receiving the blood during venesection. It has usually contained about four ounces. A bleeding of two cups is consequently one of eight ounces. Dunglison.
    • n cup The quantity contained in a cup; the contents of a cup: as, a cup of tea.
    • n cup Suffering to be endured; evil which falls to one's lot; portion: from the idea of a bitter or poisonous draught from a cup.
    • n cup A drink made of wine, generally iced, sweetened, and flavored according to many different receipts, and sometimes containing many ingredients. The different varieties are named from the chief ingredient, as claret-cup, champagnc-cup, etc.
    • n cup plural The drinking of intoxicating liquors; a drinking-bout; intoxication.
    • cup To supply with cups, as of liquor.
    • cup To make drunk.
    • cup To bleed by means of cupping-glasses; perform the operation of cupping upon.
    • cup To drink.
    • cup To perform the operation of cupping: as, to cup for inflammation.
    • cup In golfing, to hit or break the ground with the club when striking the ball.
    • cup To fit concavely over a contiguous leaf. See cupping, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1945, a seven ounce bathroom cup was the first item Tupperware marketed
    • n Cup kup 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 Cup to extract blood from the body by means of cupping-glasses:
    • v.t Cup to store
    • v.i Cup (Shak.) to make drunk:—pr.p. cup′ping; pa.p. cupped
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  • Jerome K. Jerome
    “If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby it.”
  • Teiga
    “To the right, books; to the left, a tea-cup. In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this.”
  • Bill Koch
    Bill Koch
    “Everybody in the world thought we couldn't do it. But we did, dammit. [After winning the America's Cup]”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “One drop of hatred left in the cup of joy turns the most blissful draught into poison.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Life's enchanted cup sparkles near the brim.”


Go down like a cup of cold sick - (UK) An idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.
In his cups - If someone is in their cups, they are drunk.
Many a slip twixt cup and lip - There's many a slip twixt cup and lip means that many things can go wrong before something is achieved.
Not my cup of tea - If something is not your cup of tea, you don't like it very much.
That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee - (USA) This is used to describe something that is deemed worthless. "He's got a Ph.D. in Philosophy." "So? That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee."


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cuppe, LL. cuppa, cup; cf. L. cupa, tub, cask; cf. also Gr. ky`ph hut, Skr. kūpa, pit, hollow, OSlav. kupa, cup. Cf. Coop Cupola Cowl a water vessel, and Cob Coif Cop


In literature:

When you won the cup.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
Mix 1 cupful of orange juice, 1/4 cupful of lemon juice, 1/2 cupful of sugar and 1-1/4 cupfuls of boiling water.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
When smooth add half a cup of rich milk, and half a cup melted butter.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
The Thompson chain of one hundred restaurants serves 160,000 cups of coffee per day, or more than 58,000,000 cups per year.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Raising his cup in salute, he also drank.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
I'll go and make you a cup of cocoa: it's quite as much as you want for your dinner to-day.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
An' they tell of th' Cup of God, a hidden glade so beautiful that th' eye of man has never seen its like.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
Mash a tea-cupful of cranberries in a cup of water, and boil a large spoonful of oatmeal in two quarts of water.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The cup you have is called the King's cup.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
Put it into china cups, and, when you use it, turn it out of the cups, and eat it with cream.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury

In poetry:

"And life is sweet."
"It was not so
To Him, Whose Cup did overflow
With mine unutterable woe."
"The Three Enemies" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Oh drink me up
That I may be
Within your cup
Like a Mystery,
Like wine that is still
In ecstasy.
"Mystery" by D H Lawrence
The pond, where, early on in March,
The yellow cup
Of water-lilies made us glad,
Is now filled up.
"Love's Landmarks" by Richard Le Gallienne
Weigh the vessel up,
Once dreaded by our foes!
And mingle with your cup
The tears that England owes.
"On The Loss Of The "Royal George"" by William Cowper
A temple, whose high dome
Rose from a water-cup;
And from its altar to Thy throne
May we press on and up!
"Dedication Of A Temperance Hall" by Mary Baker Eddy
The sea has left the strand—
In their deep sapphire cup
The waves lie gathered up,
Off the hard-ribbed sand.
"Noonday" by Frances Anne Kemble

In news:

1 cup blackberries 1 cup raspberries ¼ cup sugar.
4 American Lamb sirloin chops 1/3 cup porcini powder (if not available, make your own from dried porcini mushrooms, using food processor or spice grinder) ¼ cup coarse sea salt ¼ cup sugar 1 Tbsp.
Ground beef 1?2 cup diced onions 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 1 cup water 4 cups frozen mixed vegetables 1 lb.
2 cups ½ cup ½ cup 1 Tbsp.
6-8 cups of a tomato-based vegetable soup 2 cups spinach-and-cheese tortellini 4 cups chopped baby spinach Parmesan cheese.
Warburg Cup stays with U.S. November 18, 2002 ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. No one will ever mistake the UBS Warburg Cup for the Ryder Cup, although the action looked familiar Sunday.
1 box (8.3 oz) Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Creamy Italian pasta salad mix Mayonnaise as called for on package directions 1 cup 1?4-inch strips salami 1 cup 1?4-inch strips provolone cheese 1 cup 1?4-inch strips red bell pepper (1 medium).
1 pork tenderloin, sliced into medallions, about 1/4 thick 2 cups baby Bella mushrooms 1 cups dried Shiitake mushrooms 2 cups Monterey mushrooms, sliced 4 TBS.
Medium onions, cut into wedges 4 green peppers, cut into narrow strips 14 ½ cups whole tomatoes in juice 1 cup Worcestershire sauce ½ cup prepared mustard ½ cup garlic, minced 4 tsps.
1 cup long-grain rice 1¾ cups water 8 marinated artichoke hearts, sliced in eighths ½ cup Gruyere cheese, diced ½ cup ham, diced ¼ cup Nicoise olives, pitted 3 Tbsps.
Cup unsalted butter 1 lb bag marshmallow ½ cup peanut butter 4 tbsp red chili paste 4 cup puffed rice.
2 large baking potatoes2 TBL olive oil1TBL kosher salt4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled.2 cups shredded cheddar cheese1 cup sour cream¼ cup chopped green onions.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. 5 cups all purpose flour, sifted1 cup sorghum molasses and 1 cup light brown sugar1 stick butter, softened1 egg1 tsp salt1 tsp soda1/2 tsp each, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger4 cups buttermilk.
1 cup bourbon 1 cup soy sauce ¼ cup local honey 3 tablespoons sesame oil 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 tablespoon minced ginger 1 cup diced onions 1 pound catfish filets.
"The biggest change is the doubling of the fruit requirement from a 1/4 cup to a half cup of fruit, and next year we will be offering one cup," Rouse said.

In science:

Invariant theory (see or and ) then implies that the only Hodge cycles on P are powers (under cup-product) of this polarisation class.
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
Ellis, Dynamical systems in cosmology, (CUP, 1997).
Is Nature Generic?
Before the exposure the absolute fluence was measured by a Faraday cup; during the exposure by a secondary electron emission monitor.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
By replacing f by a P -conjugate, we may assume that f ∈ XJ ˙CUP .
Classification of unipotent representations of simple p-adic groups,II
Hence, replacing f by a P -conjugate, we may assume that fs ∈ XJ , fu ∈ ˙CUP . J )⋄ be the set of all x′ ∈ z1 J such that x′ = Pk∈K ck b′ k with ck ∈ κ−1 ⋄.
Classification of unipotent representations of simple p-adic groups,II