A saucer is a type of small dishware. While in the Middle Ages a saucer was used for serving condiments and sauces, currently the term is used to denote a small plate or shallow bowl that supports a cup – usually one used to serve coffee or tea. The center of the saucer often contains a depression sized to fit a matching cup; this depression is sometimes raised, and antique saucers may omit it altogether. The saucer is useful for protecting surfaces from possible damage due to the heat of a cup, and to catch overflow, splashes, and drips from the cup, thus 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 for 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.


What is ‘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.

Explaining ‘Saucer’

Saucer formations will exhibit very low volume figures at the point when the stock’s price was the lowest.

Further Reading

  • A novel, rule-based technical pattern identification mechanism: Identifying and evaluating saucers and resistant levels in the US stock market – [PDF]
  • 'A transatlantic buzz': flying saucers, extraterrestrials and America in postwar Germany – [PDF]
  • Gibberellic Acid and Potassium Nitrate Promote Seed Germination and Growth of Grey-leaved Saucer-berry ( – [PDF]
  • Heritable pleiotropy of glabrous and saucer shape gene loci from peach and their breeding value. – [PDF]
  • Saucer peaches, cultivation for a niche market. – [PDF]
  • The economics of organization structure changes: A US perspective on demutualization – [PDF]
  • Flying saucers are real! The US Navy, unidentified flying objects, and the national security state – [PDF]
  • UFOs, ETs, and the Millennial Imagination – [PDF]
  • Sky and Stardust: The Flying Saucer in American Popular Culture, 1947–1957 – [PDF]