bea·​ker | \ ˈbē-kər How to pronounce beaker (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Beyond the immersion blender itself, this device comes with four additional attachments: a chopper, beaker, milk frother and whisk. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "7 best immersion blenders to keep on hand in the kitchen," 26 Mar. 2021 Our pick for the best value immersion blender is the Braun MQ505, which includes a 20-ounce beaker, a whisk and a stainless steel blender. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "21 things people love on TikTok that are actually worth the money," 4 Dec. 2020 On Marigny Street near St. Claude Avenue, a muralist known as Jedi has produced a marvelous portrait of the mythical mad scientist Morgus the Magnificent decanting a test tube into a smoldering beaker. Doug Maccash,, "Franklin Ave. artwork changes with times, from education to Black Lives Matter to coronavirus," 31 Aug. 2020 Orgill even shows the power of tensile strength by placing various items, including an empty soda can, scissors, a beaker, and finally, a five pound weight on the table. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Wiggly Table Looks Like Magic, But It's Just Some Clever Engineering," 29 Mar. 2020 The Koios immersion blender set has got it all: an 800-watt motor, 12 speeds (including a turbo setting), and a suite of helpful accessories like a whisk attachment, a 600ml beaker, and a 500ml food processor container. Popular Science, "Immersion blenders could change the way you eat fruits and veggies," 18 Oct. 2019 The key to the Six-Cup Classic Chemex is its beaker-riffed design. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "To brew the world’s most expensive cup of coffee, upgrade that Keurig," 5 Apr. 2020 For the demonstration’s big finish, spouts of colorful foam rocketed out of the beakers. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Camille Schrier Just Won Miss America 2020 With a Little Help From Exploding Colorful Foam," 20 Dec. 2019 Last year, the company opened a laboratory in Mason, where chemists wearing white lab coats and blue rubber gloves hover over beakers and reactors. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Your Foam Coffee Cup Is Fighting for Its Life," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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“Beaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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


bea·​ker | \ ˈbē-kər How to pronounce beaker (audio) \

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 How to pronounce beaker (audio) \

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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