bea·​ker | \ˈbē-kər \

Definition of beaker 

1 : a large drinking cup that has a wide mouth and is sometimes supported on a standard

2 : a deep widemouthed thin-walled vessel usually with a lip for pouring that is used especially in science laboratories

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The wine glasses are not robust beakers, but clear and delicate, on slim stems, and the cups, used for coffee or tea, are the most fashionable porcelain of the day. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "A Scene Beyond Time," 24 Aug. 2018 Such was the level of interest in the device that local law enforcement asked the students to make a version that could fit into an evidence beaker. James Rogers, Fox News, "Kentucky middle schoolers design 3D-printed device to help fight opioid crisis," 15 May 2018 Back in the cold room are three beakers containing seawater mixed with the same oil and dispersant released in the Deepwater Horizon spill. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "This Coral Must Die," 25 June 2018 The test administer, Jason Shoemake, noticed Fulton pouring the contents of a small bottle into the beaker the player was expected to fill with his own sample. Ross Dellenger,, "The Curious Case of Kristian Fulton: A Two-Year Ban, a Last-Ditch Appeal and a Spotlight on the NCAA," 13 June 2018 The ship will also have a Test Kitchen restaurant, designed by Concrete Amsterdam, that is made to look like a laboratory, with a periodic table in the entrance and test tubes, beakers and flasks inside. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Virgin promised its ships will be unlike any other cruise. Here are the first images | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 Tuesday is May 1, otherwise known as Labor Day or International Workers’ Day, and Google is marking the occasion with a Doodle featuring the tools of various trades — from hardhats and shovels to mixing bowls, books and laboratory beakers. Eli Meixler, Time, "On International Workers' Day, Here's the History Behind the Holiday Celebrating Laborers Around the World," 1 May 2018 The rose buds—opening almost like peonies—gather like a headdress, a crown that grows out of and tops off the beaker that contains and nourishes it. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "Beauty in Full Bloom," 13 Apr. 2018 Scrape the mixture into a mini chopper or the beaker of an immersion blender and set aside to cool briefly. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Vinaigrettes and dressings to dress up meals," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of beaker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beaker

Middle English biker, borrowed from Old Norse bikarr, probably borrowed from a continental Germanic form akin to Old Saxon bikeri, borrowed from early Medieval Latin bicarium, variant of bacarium — more at basin

Note: As noted by the Middle English Dictionary, the modern English form probably reflects influence of Middle Dutch beker.

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English Language Learners Definition of beaker

: a wide glass with a lip for pouring that is used especially in chemistry for holding and measuring liquids

: a large drinking cup with a wide opening that is typically made of plastic or metal


bea·​ker | \ˈbē-kər \

Kids Definition of beaker

: a cup or glass with a wide mouth and usually a lip for pouring that is used especially in science laboratories for holding and measuring liquids


bea·​ker | \ˈbē-kər \

Medical Definition of beaker 

: a deep widemouthed thin-walled vessel usually with a lip for pouring that is used especially in science laboratories

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