from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wide cylindrical glass vessel with a pouring lip, used as a laboratory container and mixing jar.
  • n. A large drinking cup with a wide mouth.
  • n. The quantity that a beaker holds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flat-bottomed vessel, with a lip, used as a laboratory container.
  • n. A drinking vessel without a handle, sometimes for the use of children.
  • n. A mug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large drinking cup, with a wide mouth, supported on a foot or standard.
  • n. An open-mouthed, thin glass vessel, having a projecting lip for pouring; -- used for holding solutions requiring heat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large drinking-vessel with a wide mouth.
  • n. A glass vessel used by chemists, usually for making solutions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flatbottomed jar made of glass or plastic; used for chemistry
  • n. a cup (usually without a handle)


Middle English biker and Middle Dutch bēker, drinking vessel, both from Medieval Latin bicārius, bicārium; see pitcher2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English biker, from Old Norse bikarr ("cup"), from Old Saxon bikeri ("cup"), from West Germanic bikari (“beaker”), 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. (Wiktionary)



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