saucer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n saucer a disk used in throwing competitions
    • n saucer directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation
    • n saucer a small shallow dish for holding a cup at the table
    • n saucer something with a round shape resembling a flat circular plate "the moon's disk hung in a cloudless sky"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only flying saucer launch pad in the world is located in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
    • Saucer A flat, shallow caisson for raising sunken ships.
    • Saucer A shallow socket for the pivot of a capstan.
    • Saucer A small dish, commonly deeper than a plate, in which a cup is set at table.
    • Saucer A small pan or vessel in which sauce was set on a table.
    • Saucer Something resembling a saucer in shape.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors
    • n saucer A small dish or pan in which sauce is set on the table; a sauce-dish.
    • n saucer A small, round, shallow vessel, a little deeper than a plate, upon which a cup, as a tea- or coffee-cup, is placed, and which is designed to retain any liquid which may be spilled from the cup.
    • n saucer Something resembling a saucer. A kind of flat caisson used in raising sunken vessels.
    • n saucer A tobacco adapted by large absorptive capacity to take the ‘sauces’ in vogue in Continental Europe, which are said to consist chiefly of salt, sal-ammoniac, and sugar. See sauce, 6. A German and a Dutch saucer are known to the trade, consisting of varieties of the heavy export type chiefly from Virginia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frisbee got its name from William Russel Frisbee, who was a pie baker. He used to sell his pies in a thin tin pan, which had Frisbee written on it. When Walter Frederick Morrison thought of the idea of making saucer like disks to play catch, he visited the campus of Yale and noticed people there were using the pie pan to play catch so he therefore renamed his invention to Frisbee
    • n Saucer saw′sėr the shallow platter for a tea or coffee cup: anything resembling a saucer, as a socket of iron for the pivot of a capstan:
    • n Saucer saw′sėr (orig.) a small vessel to hold sauce
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. saucière, from sauce,. See Sauce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. saussiere—Low L. salsarium—L. salsa, sauce.

Usage

In literature:

Helen changed the position of the saucers and Della made another trial.
"Ethel Morton's Holidays" by Mabell S. C. Smith
He has big eyes, they are as big as saucers, but do not let that trouble you.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
F. Saucer containing paste of rice-flour.
"Wood-Block Printing" by F. Morley Fletcher
Looks like a saucer with a high rim.
"Boy Scouts in the Philippines" by G. Harvey Ralphson
It is in the blue pitcher; you can turn it into her saucer.
"Peggy in Her Blue Frock" by Eliza Orne White
There were such lovely cups and saucers!
"Grandmother Dear" by Mrs. Molesworth
Thus the bear-cub began his life at the farmhouse, lying in a warm box behind the stove and drinking milk from a saucer.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
The first night of its arrival a bed was made for it in a hamper, half full of hay, and a saucer of milk was set within.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
Janet held a saucer to receive her share.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
And the eyes in that face were like saucers as they stared full at Thorn!
"The Radiant Shell" by Paul Ernst
She brought him oil in a saucer.
"If You Touch Them They Vanish" by Gouverneur Morris
On the walls were shelves for plates, saucers, glasses, mugs, dishes, etc.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Put a little milk in a saucer to comfort him.
"Posthumous Works" by Mary Wollstonecraft
Will, it is time you were in bed, your eyes are like saucers.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
That night, when they were alone, Myra told Marvin about Nellie's cup and saucer.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Tea, coffee, chocolate and the like are drank from the cup and never from the saucer.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
They all refuse to help her except the cat, which promises help in exchange for a saucer of milk.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Why don't they have little carpets, and tables and chairs, and cups and saucers?
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
A saucer of cream was to be placed in the said bed, and it was more than likely that bonnie Jean would spill it in her fright.
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
Won't he break the saucer?
"Divided Skates" by Evelyn Raymond
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In poetry:

Hear how a Ghost in dead of Night,
With saucer Eyes of Fire,
In woeful wise did sore affright
A Wit and courtly 'Squire.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
The lake is like a giant saucer;
Beyond-a gathering of clouds;
Like stern and dazzling mountain-ranges
Their massif the horizon crowds.
"When It Clears Up" by Boris Pasternak
A little remained from everything
in porcelain saucers,
in the broken dragon, in the white flowers,
in the creases of your brow,
in the portrait.
"Residue" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
The white saucer like some full moon descends
At last from the clouds of the table above;
She sighs and dreams and thrills and glows,
Transfigured with love.
"Milk For The Cat" by Harold Monro
Behind the door, no room for books or bags -
'I'll take it.' So it happens that I lie
Where Mr Bleaney lay, and stub my fags
On the same saucer-souvenir, and try
"Mr Bleaney" by Philip Larkin
A woman is dragging her shadow in a circle
About a bald hospital saucer.
It resembles the moon, or a sheet of blank paper
And appears to have suffered a sort of private blitzkrieg.
She lives quietly
"A Life" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

STL ' flying saucer ' open for 'joe'.
Flying Saucer hosts Behemoth Beer Week.
Is that a crashed flying saucer on the seabed.
Chinese Farmer Builds ' Flying Saucer '.
Flying Saucer expanding to Sugar Land.
Iran Unveils Flying Saucer Using Old B-Movie Stock Photo.
Flying Saucer Pie Company.
A University of Florida researcher has plans on the drawing board for a saucer-shaped aircraft that turns the surrounding air into fuel.
He often works from his laptop at what he calls his 'Second Street branch office,' better known as the Flying Saucer .
Starbucks opens inside Midtown's flying saucer building.
Pull the kids on a boogie board and snow saucer with the Go Kart.
'Their eyes get as huge as saucers'.
Flying Saucer Fars News Agency via Daily Mail.
Cup & Saucer on Southeast Hawthorne gets low health score.
Do you believe flying saucers have been around for many years.
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In science:

Figure 2. Λ0 is the Legendrian with the “flying saucer” front pro jection shown in the upper left portion of this diagram; Λ1 is constructed by squeezing the front of Λ0 into a dumbbell shape and then doing a helical rotation of the connecting tube so that that dumbbell ends are overlapping.
Obstructions to Lagrangian Cobordisms between Legendrians via Generating Families
Let Λ0 be Legendrian sphere whose front diagram is the “flying saucer” of Figure 2(a).
Obstructions to Lagrangian Cobordisms between Legendrians via Generating Families
SMBH, the centrophilic orbit family includes saucer or cone orbits in the axisymmetric potentials (Sridhar & Touma 1999) and pyramids orbits (angular momentum close to zero) in triaxial potentials (Merritt & Vasiliev 2011).
Mergers of Unequal Mass Galaxies: Supermassive Black Hole Binary Evolution and Structure of Merger Remnants
In an axisymmetric galaxy, the centrophilic orbit family includes saucer or cone orbits (Sridhar & Touma 1999), and these can, in principle increase 3-body scattering rates.
Supermassive Black Hole Binary Evolution in Axisymmetric Galaxies: the final parsec problem is not a problem
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