beaker

[bee-ker]

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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. beak,
  2. beaked,
  3. beaked pelvis,
  4. beaked salmon,
  5. beaked whale,
  6. beaker cell,
  7. beaker folk,
  8. beaking joint,
  9. beaky-nosed,
  10. beal

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

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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Word Origin and History for beaker

beaker

n.

"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.

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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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