Beaker Definition

bēkər
beakers
noun
A wide cylindrical glass vessel with a pouring lip, used as a laboratory container and mixing jar.
American Heritage
A large or ornate cup; goblet.
Webster's New World
A large drinking cup with a wide mouth.
American Heritage
A jarlike container of glass or metal with a lip for pouring, used by chemists, druggists, etc.
Webster's New World
The quantity that a beaker holds.
American Heritage
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A wide, cylindrical glass container with a pouring lip, used especially in laboratories.
American Heritage Science

Other Word Forms of Beaker

Noun

Singular:
beaker
Plural:
beakers

Origin of Beaker

  • From Middle English biker, from Old Norse bikarr (“cup”), from Old Saxon bikeri (“cup”), from Late Latin bīcārium (“wine vat, jug”), of disputed origin. Possibly from Ancient Greek βίκος (bíkos, “earthenware jug, wine jar”), or from Latin bacarium (“wine vat, vase”). Cognate with Dutch beker (“beaker, cup”), German Becher (“beaker, cup, goblet”), Danish bæger (“beaker”), Italian bicchiere (“cup, glass (for drink)”). See also pitcher.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English biker Middle Dutch bēker drinking vessel both from Medieval Latin bicārius, bicārium pitcher2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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