beaker

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noun 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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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of beaker for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BEAKER Defined for Kids

beaker

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noun bea·ker \ ˈbē-kər \

Definition of beaker for Students

: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

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beaker

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noun 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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