Cup vs Mark - What's the difference?

cup | mark |

As nouns the difference between cup and mark

is that cup is cup while mark is sign.

As a verb 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).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(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 mark)

    Alternative forms

    * marke (obsolete) * merk (obsolete)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) mark, merk, merke, from (etyl) . Compare march.


    (en noun)
  • (label) Boundary, land within a boundary.
  • #(obsolete) A boundary; a border or frontier.
  • #(obsolete) A boundary-post or fence.
  • #A stone or post used to indicate position and guide travellers.
  • #*1859 , Henry Bull, A history, military and municipal, of the ancient borough of the Devizes :
  • #*:I do remember a great thron in Yatton field near Bristow-way, against which Sir William Waller's men made a great fire and killed it. I think the stump remains, and was a mark for travellers.
  • #(archaic) A type of small region or principality.
  • #*1954 , J R R Tolkien, The Two Towers :
  • #*:There dwells Théoden son of Thengel, King of the Mark of Rohan.
  • #(historical) A common, or area of common land, especially among early Germanic peoples.
  • (label) Characteristic, sign, visible impression.
  • #An omen; a symptomatic indicator of something.
  • #*1813 , Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice :
  • #*:depend upon it, you will speedily receive from me a letter of thanks for this as well as for every other mark of your regard during my stay in Hertfordshire.
  • #A characteristic feature.
  • #:A good sense of manners is the mark of a true gentleman.
  • #*1643 , Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici :
  • #*:there is surely a physiognomy, which those experienced and master mendicants observe, whereby they instantly discover a merciful aspect, and will single out a face, wherein they spy the signatures and marks of mercy.
  • #A visible impression or sign; a blemish, scratch, or stain, whether accidental or intentional.
  • #*1897 , Bram Stoker, Dracula :
  • #*:Then she put before her face her poor crushed hands, which bore on their whiteness the red mark of the Count's terrible grip.
  • #A sign or brand on a person.
  • #*, III.iv.2.6:
  • #*:Doubt not of thine election, it is an immutable decree; a mark never to be defaced: you have been otherwise, you may and shall be.
  • #A written character or sign.
  • #:The font wasn't able to render all the diacritical marks properly.
  • #A stamp or other indication of provenance, quality etc.
  • #:With eggs, you need to check for the quality mark before you buy.
  • #*Knight
  • #*:The mark of the artisan is found upon the most ancient fabrics that have come to light.
  • #(obsolete) Resemblance, likeness, image.
  • #*c.1380 , Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales :
  • #*:Which mankynde is so fair part of thy werk / That thou it madest lyk to thyn owene merk .
  • #A particular design or make of an item (now usually with following numeral).
  • #:Presentingmy patented travelator, mark two.
  • #A score for finding the correct answer, or other academic achievement; the sum of such point gained as out of a possible total.
  • #:What mark did you get in your history test?
  • (label) Indicator of position, objective etc.
  • #A target for shooting at with a projectile.
  • #*, II.1:
  • #*:A skilfull archer ought first to know the marke he aimeth at, and then apply his hand, his bow, his string, his arrow and his motion accordingly.
  • #*1786 , Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons , p.37:
  • #*:To give them an accurate eye and strength of arm, none under twenty-four years of age might shoot at any standing mark', except it was for a rover, and then he was to change his '''mark''' at every shot; and no person above that age might shoot at any ' mark whose distance was less than eleven score yards.
  • #An indication or sign used for reference or measurement.
  • #:I filled the bottle up to the 500ml mark .
  • #The target or intended victim of a swindle, fixed game or con game.
  • #(obsolete) The female genitals.
  • #*1596 , William Shakespeare, Love's Labours Lost , I.4:
  • #*:A mark' saies my Lady. Let the ' mark haue a prick in't, to meate at, if it may be.
  • #*1749 , John Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure , Penguin, 1985, p.68:
  • #*:her thighs were still spread, and the mark lay fair for him, who, now kneeling between them, displayed to us a side-view of that fierce erect machine of his.
  • #(Australian rules football) A catch of the ball directly from a kick of 10 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
  • #(sports) The line indicating an athlete's starting-point.
  • #A score for a sporting achievement.
  • #
  • #*1871 , Chicago Board of Education, Annual Report (vol.17, p.102)
  • #*:A mark for tardiness or for absence is considered by most pupils a disgrace, and strenuous efforts are made to avoid such a mark.
  • #(cooking) A specified level on a scale denoting gas-powered oven temperatures.
  • #:Now put the pastry in at 450 degrees, or mark 8.
  • #Limit or standard of action or fact.
  • #:to be within the mark''';  to come up to the '''mark
  • #Badge or sign of honour, rank, or official station.
  • #*Shakespeare
  • #*:In the official marks invested, you / Anon do meet the Senate.
  • #(archaic) Preeminence; high position.
  • #:patricians of mark''';  a fellow of no '''mark
  • #(logic) A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.
  • #(nautical) One of the bits of leather or coloured bunting placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. (The unmarked fathoms are called "deeps".)
  • (label) Attention.
  • #(archaic) Attention, notice.
  • #:His last comment is particularly worthy of mark .
  • #Importance, noteworthiness.
  • #*1909 , Richard Burton, Masters of the English Novel :
  • #*:in the short story of western flavor he was a pioneer of mark , the founder of a genre: probably no other writer is so significant in his field.
  • #(obsolete) Regard; respect.
  • #*Shakespeare
  • #*:as much in mock as mark
  • Synonyms
    (a particular design or make) * Mk (abbreviation) * (abbreviation)
    Derived terms
    * beauty mark * bench-mark/benchmark * birthmark * black mark * bookmark * certification mark * chatter mark * check mark * chop mark * cue mark * diacritical mark * exclamation mark * full marks * funnel mark * gas mark * hash mark * high-water mark * laundry mark * leave one's mark * make one's mark * markstone * miss the mark * off the mark * on your marks * Plimsoll mark * punctuation mark * question mark * quotation mark * reference mark * remark * ripple mark * scuff mark * sea mark * service mark * strawberry mark * stress mark * stretch mark * tempo mark * touchmark / touch-mark * trade mark / trade-mark / trademark * vaccination mark * wide of the mark


    (en verb)
  • To put a mark upon; to make recognizable by a mark.
  • to mark a box or bale of merchandise
    to mark clothing with one's name
  • To indicate in some way for later reference.
  • This monument marks the spot where Wolfe died.
    His courage and energy marked him as a leader.
  • To take note of.
  • * Bible, Psalms xxxvii. 37
  • Mark the perfect man.
  • To blemish, scratch, or stain.
  • See where this pencil has marked the paper.
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  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=19, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Globalisation is about taxes too , passage=It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. It is a tax system that is pivotal in creating the increasing inequality that marks most advanced countries today […].}}
  • To indicate the correctness of and give a score to an essay, exam answers, etc.
  • To keep account of; to enumerate and register.
  • to mark the points in a game of billiards or a card game
  • (Australian Rules football) To catch the ball directly from a kick of 15 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
  • (sports) To follow a player not in possession of the ball when defending, to prevent them receiving a pass easily.
  • (golf) To put a marker in the place of one's ball.
  • Synonyms
    * (indicate correctness and give score) (l), (l)
    Derived terms
    (Terms derived from the verb "mark") * man-mark * mark-down * mark down * marked * marker * marking * mark my words * mark off * mark out * mark time * mark up * mark-up * press-mark * unmarked * X marks the spot

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) mark, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A measure of weight (especially for gold and silver), once used throughout Europe, equivalent to 8 oz.
  • * 1997 , Bernard Scudder, translating ‘Egil's Saga’, in The Sagas of Icelanders , Penguin 2001, p. 91:
  • As a reward for his poetry, Athelstan gave Egil two more gold rings weighing a mark each, along with an expensive cloak that the king himself had worn.
  • An English and Scottish unit of currency (originally valued at one mark weight of silver), equivalent to 13 shillings and fourpence.
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 167:
  • He had been made a royal counsellor, drawing a substantial annual salary of a hundred marks .
  • Any of various European monetary units, especially the base unit of currency of Germany between 1948 and 2002, equal to 100 pfennigs.
  • A mark coin.
  • Synonyms
    * (German currency) (l), (l), (l)

    See also

    * convertible mark * Deutsche Mark, Deutschmark * markka * Reichsmark

    Etymology 3


  • (imperative, marching) (said to be easier to pronounce while giving a command ).
  • Mark time, mark !
    Forward, mark !