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
Recent Examples of beaker from the Web
Students used beakers and directed heat to complete experiments.
But unlike Jack’s beaker filled with magic potion, in this cluttered drama there's no chemical reaction.
A new exhibit at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center (through Aug. 21) displays some of the classics: an IBM Selectric typewriter, a Chemex beaker-style coffee maker, an Olivetti portable typewriter, a chrome lounge chair designed by Mies van der Rohe.
A single light is on, in the bathroom, illuminating a beaker on a hot plate.
John’s wort and meadowsweet—on the beaker in her grave.
Shaped as an atom, a beaker, a test tube, and a flask, quite a bit of thought and design went into choosing the shapes.
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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 ◆As noted by the Middle English Dictionary, the modern English form probably reflects influence of Middle Dutch beker.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
BEAKER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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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