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

Examples of beaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With careful attention to detail, the team had to replace every beaker, tub of methylamine, round-bottom flask and more. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 3 Aug. 2022 Plus the beaker-like vessel is adorable for flowers. Jeanne O'brien Coffey, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 The hands-on kit comes with a beaker, a flask, three test tubes, goggles, a ruler, an eye dropper, a funnel, a measuring spoon and a real working scale, plus stickers and experiment cards. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 Noodle stiction occurs as linear stage moves down the beaker. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2022 Compared with males who were still enjoying time with their mate, the partner-​separated voles spent less time flailing and fighting their way out of the swim beaker and the black box. Florence Williams, The Atlantic, 1 Feb. 2022 The podcast’s cover image — Civeris and Taggart voguing inside a giant beaker — gives the impression that its hosts apply the scientific method to all things straight. Alex Mcelroy, Vulture, 5 Oct. 2021 What appears to be a specimen lung — or, some suggest, a dissolving skull — floats in the beaker’s light-diffusing liquid. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 Two electric wires placed in a beaker of water gives you oxygen and hydrogen, with little bubbles of the two gasses drifting off the positive and negative electrodes respectively. Jemma Green, Forbes, 19 May 2021 See More

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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 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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