- 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
Examples from the Web for beaker
We have a mast and sail there, I see, and water in the beaker.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The old man caught up a beaker from the buffet and handed it to the boy.The Shame of Motley
The beaker of wine for the prophet Elijah stood as naïvely expectant as ever.Dreamers of the Ghetto
He took the beaker that was handed him and drank a deep draught.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
He emptied his beaker, threw it to the ground, and sprang to his horse.
- a cup usually having a wide moutha 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 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.
- A wide, cylindrical glass container with a pouring lip, used especially in laboratories.