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[bee-ker] /ˈbi kər/
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.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Beaker folk.
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for beaker
  • He noticed that the goo left behind in a beaker after one of his experiments had hardened into a tough polymer.
  • Afterward, use a spatula to tap the beaker and loosen the lava from its sides.
  • Remove the wire gauze and rinse the beaker with water.
  • Gone were the no-holds-barred outfits where nitroglycerine was seemingly a page-flip and beaker-shake away.
  • When all three are put in a beaker and mixed with distilled water, the peas' cellular structure starts to break down.
  • All the mysteries of faith seem overshadowed by a sense of the divine that's as tangible as a beaker.
  • Even in a beaker, bacteria in ocean bottom sludge survive by sharing.
  • They then put these polymerase-loaded liposomes into a beaker of water in which two other molecules were floating.
  • Because the yolk contains fat, it floats above the aqueous white, both in the shell and in a beaker.
  • He submerged the tube in a beaker of seawater containing mildly radioactive sugar and amino acids, and some food colouring.
British Dictionary definitions for beaker


a cup usually having a wide mouth: a 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
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
A wide, cylindrical glass container with a pouring lip, used especially in laboratories.
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