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Dictionary Definition

saucer

Noun

1 something with a round shape like a flat circular plate [syn: disk, disc]
2 a small shallow dish for holding a cup at the table
3 directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation [syn: dish, dish aerial, dish antenna]
4 a disk used in throwing competitions [syn: discus]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A small shallow dish to hold a cup and catch drips.
  2. An object round and gently curved (shaped like a saucer).
    The saucer shaped object could have been a UFO, but actually it was a balloon.

Related terms

Translations

small dish
object shaped like a saucer

Extensive Definition

A saucer is a small type of dishware specifically for use with and for supporting a cup - a cylindrical cup intended for coffee or a half-sphere teacup for tea. Additionally, the saucer is a distant cousin to the plate. The saucer has a raised center with a depression sized to fit a mating cup. Saucers were originally used to cool the contents of the cup; the hot liquid was poured into the saucer, with the wider surface area cooling the liquid rapidly. No longer used for this purpose, the saucer is useful to protect surfaces from possible damage due to the heat of a cup, and to catch overflow, splashes, and drips from the cup, so protecting both table linen and the user sitting in a free standing chair who holds both cup and saucer. The saucer also provides a convenient place to place a damp spoon, as might be used to stir the drink in the cup in order to mix sweeteners or creamers into tea or coffee. Not only are saucers used by humans, they are also used by animals, e.g. cats may drink or eat from saucers.
Although often part of a place setting in a dinner set, teacups with unique styling are often sold with matching saucers, sometimes alone, or as part of a tea set, including a teapot and small dessert plates. A set of four is typical for a tea set. See also demitasse.
saucer in German: Untertasse
saucer in Macedonian: Тацничка
saucer in Polish: Spodek
saucer in Russian: Блюдце
saucer in Swedish: Tefat

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

O, annular muscle, annulus, areola, aureole, chaplet, circle, circuit, circumference, circus, closed circle, corona, coronet, crown, cycle, diadem, discus, disk, eternal return, fairy ring, garland, glory, halo, lasso, logical circle, loop, looplet, magic circle, noose, orbit, radius, ring, rondelle, round, roundel, sphincter, vicious circle, wheel, wreath
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