beaker

noun
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 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 Beyond the immersion blender itself, this device comes with four additional attachments: a chopper, beaker, milk frother and whisk. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 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, 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, NOLA.com, 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, 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, 18 Oct. 2019 The key to the Six-Cup Classic Chemex is its beaker-riffed design. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 5 Apr. 2020 For the demonstration’s big finish, spouts of colorful foam rocketed out of the beakers. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, 20 Dec. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beaker. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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beaker

noun

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

beaker

noun
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

beaker

noun
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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