beaker beaker  /ˈbi kər/


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


  1. A beaker of melted butter would have frozen in Obama's mouth as he recorded the video explaining his reason for opting out of the system.
  2. Your oven is pretty much an advanced science gadget already, you use meat thermometers, and that measuring cup looks an awful lot like a beaker.
  3. From there, investigators whittled their way down to a match: a single spore batch taken from a beaker in Ivins' laboratory.



  1. "The peeing for me was instant, because I needed one, but the whole process, with the paperwork, was probably 15 minutes," said Ogilvy. "He's standing in the cubicle when you're peeing in the beaker. He's making sure you're doing it, but it...
    on Aug 29, 2008 By: Geoff Ogilvy Source: The Age

  2. Moving on to his second substance, Standage quotes implicit praise from Aristophanes: "Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever."
    on May 31, 2005 By: Tom Standage Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "It was two hours before I could give a sample and then when I brought the beaker to the doctor he said I'd have to do it again because he wasn't present for it," Kahn said. "I was tired, annoyed and at the end of my tether. I'd like to...
    on Mar 20, 2007 By: Oliver Kahn Source:

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