What is the difference between cup and glass?

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As nouns the difference between cup and glass

is that cup is a concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass) and with a handle while glass is (uncountable) a solid, transparent substance made by melting sand with a mixture of soda, potash and lime.

As verbs the difference between cup and glass

is that cup is to form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands while glass is to furnish with glass; to glaze.



(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.
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  • , 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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    (wikipedia glass)


  • (lb) An amorphous solid, often transparent substance made by melting sand with a mixture of soda, potash and lime.
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  • A vessel from which one drinks, especially one made of glass, plastic, or similar translucent or semi-translucent material.
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  • The quantity of liquid contained in such a vessel.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Here was my chance. I took the old man aside, and two or three glasses of Old Crow launched him into reminiscence.}}
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  • *:At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass .
  • (lb) Glassware.
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  • A mirror.
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  • A magnifying glass or telescope.
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  • (lb) A barrier made of solid, transparent material.
  • # The backboard.
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  • #(lb) The clear, protective screen surrounding a hockey rink.
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  • A barometer.
  • *(Louis MacNeice) (1907-1963)
  • *:The glass is falling hour by hour.
  • Transparent or translucent.
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  • (lb) An hourglass.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:She would not live / The running of one glass .
  • Derived terms

    * carnival glass * cheval glass * eyeglasses * glassblower * glassblowing * glasses * glassformer * glass frog * glasshouse * glass jaw * glassless * glassmaker * glassware * glasswork * glassworker * glassy * isinglass * looking glass * magnifying glass * spyglass


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  • To furnish with glass; to glaze.
  • (Boyle)
  • To enclose with glass.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • To strike (someone), particularly in the face, with a drinking glass with the intent of causing injury.
  • * 1987, John Godber, Bouncers p. 19:
  • JUDD. Any trouble last night?
    LES. Usual. Couple of punks got glassed .
  • * 2002, Geoff Doherty, A Promoter's Tale p. 72:
  • I often mused on what the politicians or authorities would say if they could see for themselves the horrendous consequences of someone who’d been glassed , or viciously assaulted.
  • * 2003, Mark Sturdy, Pulp p. 139:
  • One night he was in this nightclub in Sheffield and he got glassed by this bloke who’d been just let out of prison that day.
  • (label) To bombard an area with such intensity (nuclear bomb, fusion bomb, etc) as to melt the landscape into glass.
  • * 2012 , Halo: First Strike, p. 190:
  • *:“The Covenant don’t ‘miss’ anything when they glass a planet,” the Master Chief replied.
  • To view through an optical instrument such as binoculars.
  • * 2000 , Ben D. Mahaffey, 50 Years of Hunting and Fishing , page 95:
  • Andy took his binoculars and glassed the area below.
  • To smooth or polish (leather, etc.), by rubbing it with a glass burnisher.
  • (archaic, reflexive) To reflect; to mirror.
  • * Motley
  • Happy to glass themselves in such a mirror.
  • * Byron
  • Where the Almighty's form glasses itself in tempests.




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