burette

or bu·ret

[ byoo-ret ]
/ byʊˈrɛt /

noun Chemistry.

a graduated glass tube, commonly having a stopcock at the bottom, used for accurately measuring or measuring out small quantities of liquid.

Nearby words

  1. bureaucratese,
  2. bureaucratic,
  3. bureaucratize,
  4. burelage,
  5. burelé,
  6. burg,
  7. burgage,
  8. burgas,
  9. burgee,
  10. burgenland

Origin of burette

1475–85; < French: cruet, burette (Old French biurete), equivalent to buire ewer, flagon (perhaps < Frankish *būrja receptacle, akin to Germanic *būr- hut; see bower1) + -ette -ette

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British Dictionary definitions for burette

burette

US buret

/ (bjʊˈrɛt) /

noun

a graduated glass tube with a stopcock on one end for dispensing and transferring known volumes of fluids, esp liquids

Word Origin for burette

C15: from French: cruet, oil can, from Old French buire ewer, of Germanic origin; compare Old English būc pitcher, belly

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Word Origin and History for burette

burette

n.

1836, from French burette "small vase, cruet," diminutive of buire "vase for liquors," in Old French "jug," variant of buie (12c.) "bottle, water jog," from Frankish *buk- or some similar Germanic source (see bucket (n.)). As a laboratory measuring tube, from 1836.

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Medicine definitions for burette

burette

n.

A uniform-bore tube with fine gradations and a stopcock at the bottom, used especially in laboratory procedures for accurate fluid dispensing and measurement.

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Science definitions for burette

burette

[ byu-rĕt ]

A graduated glass tube having a tapered bottom with a valve. It is used especially in laboratories to pour a measured amount of liquid from one container into another.
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