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  1. a large drinking cup or glass with a wide mouth.
  2. contents of a beaker: consuming a beaker of beer at one gulp.
  3. a flat-bottomed cylindrical container, usually with a pouring lip, especially one used in a laboratory.
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  1. (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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Related Words for beaker

chalice, glass, mug, goblet, stein

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Historical Examples of 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

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The beaker of wine for the prophet Elijah stood as naïvely expectant as ever.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for beaker


  1. a cup usually having a wide moutha plastic beaker
  2. a cylindrical flat-bottomed container used in laboratories, usually made of glass and having a pouring lip
  3. the amount a beaker holds
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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


"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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beaker in Science


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