dry measuring cups means: Cups with handles attached to the top lip. The U.S. uses this tool for measuring home baking ingredients. A cup measuring tool for home baking. These cups are used for measuring a set amount of dry ingredients such as sugar, flour, cornmeal or brown sugar in home baking recipes. You simply need to spoon the dry ingredients into a cup, and then level it off using a flat-edged tool. (in Cooking Dictionary)