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1bottleneck

adjective bot·tle·neck \ˈbä-təl-ˌnek\

Definition of BOTTLENECK

:  narrow <bottleneck harbors>
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First Known Use of BOTTLENECK

1896

2bottleneck

noun

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

: something that slows down a process

Full Definition of BOTTLENECK

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

  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.

First Known Use of BOTTLENECK

1907

Related to BOTTLENECK

3bottleneck

verb

Definition of BOTTLENECK

transitive verb
:  to slow or halt by causing a bottleneck

First Known Use of BOTTLENECK

1933
BOTTLENECK Defined for Kids

bottleneck

noun bot·tle·neck \ˈbä-təl-ˌnek\

Definition of BOTTLENECK for Kids

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

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