[ bee-ker ]
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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.

  1. a flat-bottomed cylindrical container, usually with a pouring lip, especially one used in a laboratory.

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

Origin of beaker

First recorded in 1300–50; alteration of Middle English biker, from Old Norse bikarr, from Old Saxon bikeri (compare Old High German bechari, German Becher, Dutch beker ), from unattested Latin bic(c)arium, -ius, of uncertain origin. See pitcher1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beaker in a sentence

  • The solutions in the two beakers are connected by means of a salt-bridge containing sodium nitrate.

  • If we turn from the actual beakers to the stories, it is surprising how many of these we find pointing to the same festival.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • On the left a recessed fireplace, in which are ferns; on the mantelpiece are some large blue and white beakers and vases.

    The Brass Bottle | F. Anstey
  • Beneath the brilliant light there was clashing of beakers and joyous drinking of deep toasts in the intervals between the songs.

    Greifenstein | F. Marion Crawford
  • Beakers or tumblers may be used for the same purpose, but being fragile are not so convenient.

British Dictionary definitions for beaker


/ (ˈbiːkə) /

  1. a cup usually having a wide mouth: a plastic beaker

  2. a cylindrical flat-bottomed container used in laboratories, usually made of glass and having a pouring lip

  1. the amount a beaker holds

Origin of beaker

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for beaker


[ kər ]

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

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