|1.||a small open container, usually having one handle, used for drinking from|
|2.||the contents of such a container: that cup was too sweet|
|3.||teacup, Also called: cupful a unit of capacity used in cooking equal to approximately half a pint, 8 fluid ounces, or about one quarter of a litre|
|4.||something resembling a cup in shape or function, such as the flower base of some plants of the rose family or a cuplike bodily organ|
|5.||either of two cup-shaped parts of a brassiere, designed to support the breasts|
|6.||a cup-shaped trophy awarded as a prize|
|a. a sporting contest in which a cup is awarded to the winner|
|b. (as modifier): a cup competition|
|8.||a mixed drink with one ingredient as a base, usually served from a bowl: claret cup|
|9.||golf the hole or metal container in the hole on a green|
|10.||the chalice or the consecrated wine used in the Eucharist|
|11.||one's lot in life|
|12.||in one's cups drunk|
|13.||informal one's cup of tea one's chosen or preferred thing, task, company, etc: she's not my cup of tea|
|—vb , cups, cupping, cupped|
|14.||to form (something, such as the hands) into the shape of a cup|
|15.||to put into or as if into a cup|
|16.||archaic to draw blood to the surface of the body of (a person) by using a cupping glass|
|[Old English cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa cup, alteration of Latin cūpa cask]|
A cup-shaped structure or organ.
See cupping glass.
A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces.
a wine-cup (Gen. 40:11, 21), various forms of which are found on Assyrian and Egyptian monuments. All Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold (1 Kings 10: 21). The cups mentioned in the New Testament were made after Roman and Greek models, and were sometimes of gold (Rev. 17:4). The art of divining by means of a cup was practiced in Egypt (Gen. 44:2-17), and in the East generally. The "cup of salvation" (Ps. 116:13) is the cup of thanksgiving for the great salvation. The "cup of consolation" (Jer. 16:7) refers to the custom of friends sending viands and wine to console relatives in mourning (Prov. 31:6). In 1 Cor. 10:16, the "cup of blessing" is contrasted with the "cup of devils" (1 Cor. 10:21). The sacramental cup is the "cup of blessing," because of blessing pronounced over it (Matt. 26:27; Luke 22:17). The "portion of the cup" (Ps. 11:6; 16:5) denotes one's condition of life, prosperous or adverse. A "cup" is also a type of sensual allurement (Jer. 51:7; Prov. 23:31; Rev. 17:4). We read also of the "cup of astonishment," the "cup of trembling," and the "cup of God's wrath" (Ps. 75:8; Isa. 51:17; Jer. 25:15; Lam. 4:21; Ezek. 23:32; Rev. 16:19; comp. Matt. 26:39, 42; John 18:11). The cup is also the symbol of death (Matt. 16:28; Mark 9:1; Heb. 2:9).