Definition of beaker noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbiːkə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːkər//
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  1. 1(British English) a plastic or paper cup, often without a handle, used for drinking from She drank from a plastic beaker.
  2. 2(British English) the amount contained in a beaker a beaker of coffee
  3. 3a glass cup with straight sides and a lip, used in chemistry, for example for measuring liquids a glass beaker containing copper sulphate solution
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (‘large drinking container’): from Old Norse bikarr, perhaps based on Greek bikos ‘drinking bowl’.
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