Meaning of CUP in English

— cuplike , adj.

/kup/ , n. , v. , cupped, cupping .


1. a small, open container made of china, glass, metal, etc., usually having a handle and used chiefly as a receptable from which to drink tea, soup, etc.

2. the bowllike part of a goblet or the like.

3. a cup with its contents.

4. the quantity contained in a cup.

5. a unit of capacity, equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters) or 16 tablespoons; half-pint.

6. an ornamental bowl, vase, etc., esp. of precious metal, offered as a prize for a contest.

7. any of various beverages, as a mixture of wine and various ingredients: claret cup.

8. the chalice used in the Eucharist.

9. the wine of the Eucharist.

10. something to be partaken of or endured; one's portion, as of joy or suffering.

11. cups , the drinking of intoxicating liquors.

12. any cuplike utensil, organ, part, cavity, etc.

13. either of the two forms that cover and usually support the breasts in a brassiere or other garment, as a bathing suit.

14. an athletic supporter reinforced with rigid plastic or metal for added protection.

15. Golf.

a. the metal receptacle within the hole.

b. the hole itself.

16. ( cap. ) Astron. the constellation Crater.

17. See cupping glass .

18. Metalworking. a cylindrical shell closed at one end, esp. one produced in the first stages of a deep-drawing operation.

19. Math. a cup-like or U-shape symbol, used to indicate the union of two sets. Cf. union (def. 10a).

20. in one's cups , intoxicated; drunk.


21. to take or place in, or as in, a cup: He cupped his ear with the palm of his hand.

22. to form into a cuplike shape: He cupped his hands.

23. to use a cupping glass on.

24. Metalworking. to form (tubing, containers, etc.) by punching hot strip or sheet metal and drawing it through a die. Cf. deep-draw .

[ bef. 1000; ME, OE cuppe cuppa, var. of cupa tub, cask ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .