♦cups, cupping, cupped1) N-COUNT A cup is a small round container that you drink from. Cups usually have handles and are made from china or plastic.
...cups and saucers.N-COUNT: usu N of nA cup of something is the amount of something contained in a cup.
Mix about four cups of white flour with a pinch of salt.2) N-COUNT: oft N of n Things, or parts of things, that are small, round, and hollow in shape can be referred to as cups.
...the brass cups of the small chandelier.3) N-COUNT A cup is a large metal cup with two handles that is given to the winner of a game or competition.Syn:4) N-COUNT: usu the n N Cup is used in the names of some sports competitions in which the prize is a cup.
Sri Lanka's cricket team will play India in the final of the Asia Cup.
...after his fateful injury in the 1991 FA Cup final.5) VERB If you cup your hands, you make them into a curved shape like a cup.
[V n prep] He cupped his hands around his mouth and called out for Diane...
[V n] David knelt, cupped his hands and splashed river water on to his face...
[V-ed] She held it in her cupped hands for us to see.6) VERB If you cup something in your hands, you make your hands into a curved dish-like shape and support it or hold it gently.
[V n prep] He cupped her chin in the palm of his hand...
[V n] He cradled the baby in his arms, his hands cupping her tiny skull.7) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If someone is in their cups, they are drunk. [INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED]
He talked too freely when, as was too often the case, he was in his cups.
English dictionary. 2008.