Saucer Sau"cer, n. [F. sauci[`e]re, from sauce. See {Sauce}.] 1. A small pan or vessel in which sauce was set on a table. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. A small dish, commonly deeper than a plate, in which a cup is set at table. [1913 Webster]

3. Something resembling a saucer in shape. Specifically: (a) A flat, shallow caisson for raising sunken ships. (b) A shallow socket for the pivot of a capstan. [1913 Webster]

{Flying saucer}, a type of Unidentified Flying Object, having a biconvex discoid shape; such objects are occasionally reported to have been sighted, but no example of one has been reliably shown to exist. They are believed by ufologists to originate in outer space, but they are generally presumed to be misinterpretations of ordinary phenomena, illusions or imaginary objects. Fraudulent photographs purporting to show flying saucers are published from time to time. [PJC]

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  • saucer — [ sose ] v. tr. <conjug. : 3> • v. 1200 sauser fig. « tremper »; de sauce 1 ♦ Vx Tremper dans la sauce. Saucer son pain. Rare Garnir de sauce. « Le pudding saucé d un brûlant velours de rhum » (Colette). 2 ♦ (1915) Mod. Essuyer en enlevant… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • saucer — [sô′sər] n. [ME sawsere < MFr saussier < sause, SAUCE] 1. a small, round, shallow dish, esp. one with an indentation designed to hold a cup 2. anything round and shallow like a saucer saucerlike adj …   English World dictionary

  • saucer — (n.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. saucier sauce dish, from L.L. salsarium, neuter of salsarius of or for salted things, from L. salsus (see SAUCE (Cf. sauce)). Meaning small, round, shallow vessel for supporting a cup is attested from c.1702 …   Etymology dictionary

  • saucer — ► NOUN ▪ a shallow dish with a central circular indentation, on which a cup is placed. ORIGIN Old French saussier sauce boat …   English terms dictionary

  • Saucer — 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… …   Wikipedia

  • saucer — (sô sé ; le c prend une cédille devant a et o ; sauçant, sauçons) v. a. 1°   Tremper dans la sauce. Saucer sa viande, son pain. 2°   Par extension. Tremper dans un liquide quelconque. Saucer des branches dans de l eau.    Il a été saucé dans la… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • saucer — noun /ˈsɔː.sə,ˈsɔ(ː).səɹ,ˈsɒ(ː).sər/ˈsɑ(ː).səɹ/ a) A small shallow dish to hold a cup and catch drips. The saucer shaped object could have been a UFO, but actually it was a balloon. b) An object round and gently curved (shaped like a saucer). See …   Wiktionary

  • saucer */ — UK [ˈsɔːsə(r)] / US [ˈsɔsər] noun [countable] Word forms saucer : singular saucer plural saucers a small round flat dish that you put a tea cup or coffee cup on • See: flying saucer …   English dictionary

  • saucer — noun Etymology: Middle English, plate containing a condiment, from Anglo French, from sauce Date: circa 1702 1. a small shallow dish in which a cup is set at table 2. something resembling a saucer especially in shape; especially flying saucer •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Saucer — A technical charting formation that indicates that a stock s price has reached its low and that the downward trend has come to a close. Saucer formations will exhibit very low volume figures at the point when the stock s price was the lowest …   Investment dictionary

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