beaker

[ bee-ker ]
/ ˈbi kər /

noun

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.

adjective

(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Beaker folk.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for beaker

beaker

/ (ˈbiːkə) /

noun

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 for beaker

C14: from Old Norse bikarr; related to Old High German behhāri, Middle Dutch bēker beaker, Greek bikos earthenware jug
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Science definitions for beaker

beaker

[ bēkər ]

A wide, cylindrical glass container with a pouring lip, used especially in laboratories.
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