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[bee-ker] /ˈbi kər/
a large drinking cup or glass with a wide mouth.
contents of a beaker:
consuming a beaker of beer at one gulp.
a flat-bottomed cylindrical container, usually with a pouring lip, especially one used in a laboratory.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Beaker folk.
Origin of beaker
1300-50; alteration of Middle English biker < Old Norse bikarr < Old Saxon bikeri (compare Old High German bechari, German Becher, Dutch beker) < Latin *bic(c)arium, -ius, of disputed orig. See pitcher1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for beaker
Historical Examples
  • "A twelvemonth," said Jack, going to his beaker again, for understanding.

    A Set of Rogues Frank Barrett
  • A beaker or small cask was in the meantime got ready with a line secured to it.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Having emptied the beaker before him, he rapped for the waiter and called for another.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • We have a mast and sail there, I see, and water in the beaker.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • His eye fell on the piece of gold Giovanni had paid for the beaker.

    Marietta F. Marion Crawford
  • He emptied his beaker, threw it to the ground, and sprang to his horse.

  • Close the tubulure by means of an india-rubber stopper previously sterilised by boiling in a beaker of water.

  • And yet, have I a right to execrate the thrall of the beaker?

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • A small strip of zinc is placed in the beaker and the alcohol evaporated.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • Clamp the test tube so that it rests in the water in the beaker.

British Dictionary definitions for beaker


a cup usually having a wide mouth: a plastic beaker
a cylindrical flat-bottomed container used in laboratories, usually made of glass and having a pouring lip
the amount a beaker holds
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse bikarr; related to Old High German behhāri, Middle Dutch bēker beaker, Greek bikos earthenware jug
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Word Origin and History for beaker

"open large-mouthed vessel," mid-14c., from Old Norse bikarr or Middle Dutch beker "goblet," probably (with Old Saxon bikeri, Old High German behhari, German Becher) from Medieval Latin bicarium, which itself is probably a diminutive of Greek bikos "earthenware jug, wine jar" (said to be an oriental word, perhaps a borrowing from Syrian buqa "a two-handed vase or jug"). Form assimilated in English to beak.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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beaker in Science
A wide, cylindrical glass container with a pouring lip, used especially in laboratories.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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