Can vs Cup - What's the difference?

can | cup |

As nouns the difference between can and cup

is that can is song while cup is cup.

As verbs the difference between can and cup

is that can is (lb) while cup is to not attend a course, a class without permission of the teacher or cup can be to temporarily or permanently cease to provide (electricity or water supply) or cup can be to switch off (a breaker or fuse).



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Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m) (first and third person singular of , Danish (m). More at canny, cunning.


  • To know how to; to be able to.
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  • May; to be permitted or enabled to.
  • To be possible, usually with be .
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=5, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite.
  • To know.
  • * ca.1360-1387 , (William Langland), (Piers Plowman)
  • I can rimes of Robin Hood.
  • * ca.1360-1387 , (William Langland), (Piers Plowman)
  • I can no Latin, quod she.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Let the priest in surplice white, / That defunctive music can .
    Usage notes
    * For missing forms, substitute inflected forms of be able to , as: ** I might be able to go. ** I was able to go yesterday. ** I have been able to go, since I was seven. ** I had been able to go before. ** I will be able to go tomorrow. * The word could also suffices in many tenses. "I would be able to go" is equivalent to "I could go", and "I was unable to go" can be rendered "I could not go". (Unless there is a clear indication otherwise, "could verb''" means "would be able to ''verb''", but "could not ''verb''" means "was/were unable to ''verb ".) * The present tense negative can not'' is often contracted to ''cannot'' or ''can't . * The use of can'' in asking permission sometimes is criticized as being impolite or incorrect by those who favour the more formal alternative ''"may I...?" . * Can'' is sometimes used rhetorically to issue a command, placing the command in the form of a request. For instance, ''"Can you hand me that pen?"'' as a polite substitution for ''"Hand me that pen." * Some US dialects that glottalize the final /t/ in can't'' ( even when stressed.
    * be able to * may
    * cannot * can’t
    See also

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) canne, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A more or less cylindrical vessel for liquids, usually of steel or aluminium.
  • A container used to carry and dispense water for plants (a watering can ).
  • A tin-plate canister, often cylindrical, for preserved foods such as fruit, meat, or fish.
  • (US, slang) toilet, bathroom.
  • (US, slang) buttocks.
  • (slang) jail or prison.
  • (slang) headphones.
  • (obsolete) A drinking cup.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * Tennyson
  • Fill the cup and fill the can , / Have a rouse before the morn.
    * (cylindrical metal container) tin
    Derived terms
    * beer can * can opener * carry the can * garbage can * kick at the can * kick the can / kick-the-can * kick the can down the road * trash can


  • To preserve, by heating and sealing in a can or jar.
  • They spent August canning fruit and vegetables.
  • to discard, scrap or terminate (an idea, project, etc.).
  • He canned the whole project because he thought it would fail.
  • To shut up.
  • Can your gob.
  • (US, euphemistic) To fire or dismiss an employee.
  • The boss canned him for speaking out.





    (wikipedia cup)


    (en noun)
  • A concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass) and with a handle.
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  • A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces, 1/16 of a US gallon, or 236.5882365 ml.
  • A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner.
  • A contest for which a cup is awarded.
  • (golf) A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
  • (US) A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
  • One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast, used as a measurement of size.
  • (mathematics) The symbol \cup denoting union and similar operations (confer cap).
  • A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
  • (ultimate frisbee) A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping'' the thrower; ''or those three players.
  • A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup).
  • Anything shaped like a cup.
  • the cup of an acorn
  • * Shenstone
  • The cowslip's golden cup no more I see.
  • (medicine, historical) A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.
  • That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion.
  • * Bible, Matthew xxvi. 39
  • O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.

    Derived terms

    * bra cup * coffee cup * cupcake * Cup Final * cuppa * cup size * egg cup, eggcup * teacup * world cup

    Coordinate terms

    * mug * pannikin


  • To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands.
  • Cup your hands and I'll pour some rice into them.
  • To hold something in cupped hands.
  • He cupped the ball carefully in his hands.
  • (obsolete) To supply with cups of wine.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Cup us, till the world go round.
  • (transitive, surgery, archaic) To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping.
  • (engineering) To make concave or in the form of a cup.
  • to cup the end of a screw


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