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Definition of 'cup'

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  1. a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces
  2. the quantity a cup will hold; "he drank a cup of coffee"; "he borrowed a cup of sugar"
       Synonyms: cupful
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
       Synonyms: loving cup
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
  7. a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
  8. cup-shaped plant organ


  1. form into the shape of a cup; "She cupped her hands"
  2. put into a cup; "cup the milk"
  3. treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin
       Synonyms: transfuse

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