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bottleneck

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adjective bot·tle·neck \ˈbä-təl-ˌnek\

Definition of bottleneck

  1. :  narrow <bottleneck harbors>



1896

First Known Use of bottleneck

1896


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bottleneck

noun bot·tle·neck

Simple Definition of bottleneck

  • : a section of road or highway where the traffic moves very slowly

  • : something that slows down a process

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bottleneck

  1. 1 a :  a narrow route b :  a point of traffic congestion

  2. 2 a :  someone or something that retards or halts free movement and progress b :  impasse c :  a dramatic reduction in the size of a population (as of a species) that results in a decrease in genetic variation

  3. 3 :  a style of guitar playing in which glissando effects are produced by sliding an object (as a knife blade or the neck of a bottle) along the strings —called also bottleneck guitar

Examples of bottleneck in a sentence

  1. Bridge construction has created a bottleneck on the southern part of Main Street.

  2. All decisions must be approved by the committee, and this is where the company runs into bottlenecks.



1907

First Known Use of bottleneck

1907


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bottleneck

verb bot·tle·neck

Definition of bottleneck

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to slow or halt by causing a bottleneck



1933

First Known Use of bottleneck

1933


BOTTLENECK Defined for Kids

bottleneck

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noun bot·tle·neck \ˈbä-təl-ˌnek\

Definition of bottleneck for Students

  1. :  a place or condition where improvement or movement is held up <That intersection is a traffic bottleneck.>





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