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1. a unit of capacity used in cooking equal to approximately half a pint, 8 fluid ounces, or about one quarter of a litre
2. a mixed drink with one ingredient as a base, usually served from a bowl
3. Golf the hole or metal container in the hole on a green
4. Christian religion the chalice or the consecrated wine used in the Eucharist
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in sports:

(1) Sports competitions conducted, for the most part, in accordance with the Olympic system (whereby the loser is eliminated from further competition) and principally for sports where the participants are in direct opposition to each other.

International cups include world cups (for example, the Davis Cup, established in 1900, which is the unofficial world championship in tennis), intercontinental cups (the soccer cup that has been competed for since 1960 by the strongest clubs from Europe and the Americas), and continental cups (for example, the European championship cups in basketball, soccer, and hockey, most of which were established in the 1950’s and 1960’s). Cups are also held in individual countries (in the USSR in 1973 there were cups in 25 sports; the first was for soccer, dating back to 1936). One of the oldest is the Stanley Cup, awarded to the best professional hockey team of Canada and the USA (since 1892).

Sometimes the term “cup” is used for team or individual competitions conducted in accordance with different systems (round-robin, mixed, etc.)—for example, the World Cup for volleyball (since 1965) and the European cups for gymnastics (since 1955) and track and field (since 1965).

(2) A prize, as a rule, a challenge cup, which is awarded to the winner of competitions (either a team or an individual athlete).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

What does it mean when you dream about a cup?

In psychoanalysis, a cup is a symbol of the female and female sexuality. Alternatively, an empty cup can represent receptiveness.

The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.


(design engineering)
A cylindrical part with only one end open.
A low spot forming on a tool joint shoulder as a result of wobbling.
The symbol ∪, which indicates the union of two sets.
Sheet metal part formed during the first deep-drawing operation.


McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. The deviation of the face of a board from a plane.
2. A metal insert in a countersunk screw hole.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The conditional use permit process already has slowed the project, but the general contractor has said it can remain on schedule if construction can begin by Nov.
"I'd never have thought we'd have the money in the bank, and the funding in place and be stuck on an alley and a conditional use permit," Bartko says.
But that was before a city hearings officer ruled that the UO must get a conditional use permit before it can build the arena.
City staff members originally had determined that the UO didn't need a conditional use permit. But the Fairmount Neighbors Association appealed that to a hearings official.
Weiler said the university had been working with the neighborhood group before the hearings officer ruling, which came after neighbors appealed a city decision that said no conditional use permit was needed.
Now, the university either must appeal the hearings officer's ruling to the state Land Use Board of Appeals, or go through the process of obtaining a conditional use permit. Either option will take time - perhaps enough to disrupt the construction schedule and delay the arena's planned opening in 2010.
They could appeal to the state Land Use Board of Appeals or accept the ruling and seek the conditional use permit. The special permit process would require a public hearing, an evaluation of the project's impact on neighbors, and possibly city restrictions on the project.
Hutchins said the costs associated with code compliance - such as $17,000 for a conditional use permit - are geared toward large developers who expect such fees as a cost of doing business.
She said the neighbors believe there is justification for requiring a conditional use permit and believe it's worth persevering because it may affect future land use issues.
The proposed development needed to go in front of the City Planning Commission, as several conditional use permits are required.
The allowance of conditional use permits and variances has created a legal industry where specialist attorneys petition the authorities to allow non-conforming uses or construction.
The development would also need to go in front of the City Planning Commission, as several conditional use permits would be required.

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