1bot·tle noun, often attributive \ˈbä-təl\
a : a rigid or semirigid container typically of glass or plastic having a comparatively narrow neck or mouth and usually no handle
b : a usually bottle-shaped container made of skin for storing a liquid
: the quantity held by a bottle
a : intoxicating drink : the practice of drinking <slipped deeper and deeper into the bottle — Anne Bernays>
b : liquid food (as milk) used in place of mother's milk
Examples of BOTTLE
- We drank a bottle of wine.
- He says he's lost too many years to the bottle, and that he's giving up alcohol.
- Her struggles with the bottle affected her entire family.
- Has the baby finished her bottle yet?
- raised on a bottle instead of breast milk
Origin of BOTTLE
Middle English botel,
from Old French botele,
from Medieval Latin butticula,
diminutive of Late Latin buttis
First Known Use: 14th century
Related to BOTTLE
- aqua vitae, ardent spirits, booze, alcohol, drink, firewater, grog, hooch [slang], inebriant, intoxicant, John Barleycorn, juice [slang], liquor, lush [slang], moonshine, potable, rum, sauce [slang], spirits, stimulant, strong drink, tipple
Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms
2bottle transitive verb
bot·tled bot·tling \ˈbä-təl-iŋ, ˈbät-liŋ\
a : to confine as if in a bottle : restrain —usually used with up <bottling up their anger>
b : to put or keep in a position or situation that makes free activity, progress, or escape difficult or impossible —usually used with up <bottle up legislation in committee>
: to put into or as if into a bottle <wished she could bottle their energy>
— bot·tler \ˈbä-təl-ər, ˈbät-lər\ noun
Examples of BOTTLE
- The restaurant bottles its own ginger ale.
- Near the top of the mountain, the climbers relied on bottled oxygen to breathe.
First Known Use of BOTTLE
bot·tle noun , often attrib \ˈbät-əl\ (Medical Dictionary)
: a rigid or semirigid container typically of glass or plastic having a comparatively narrow neck or mouth and usually no handle—see wash bottle
: liquid food usually consisting of milk and supplements that is fed from a bottle (as to an infant) in place of mother's milk
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