A measuring cup is a handled cup used for measuring ingredients. They usually come in sets of 1 cup (240 mL), 1/2 cup (120 mL), 1/3 cup (80 mL) and 1/4 cup (60 mL). Metric measuring cups also exist based on a cup of 250 mL and divisions thereof.
Those designed for dry ingredients contain the measured amount of an ingredient when full up to the top edge of the cup, and can be levelled with a straight edge (such as a spatula or knife) to get the precise amount.
Cups designed for liquids often contain markings (graduations) for various levels along the sides, and contain the full amount slightly below the top, often having a pouring spout as well.