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noun bot·tle \ˈbä-təl\

Simple Definition of bottle

  • : a glass or plastic container that has a narrow neck and usually has no handle

  • : the amount contained in a bottle

  • the bottle : alcoholic drink

Full Definition of bottle

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  the quantity held by a bottle

  3. 3 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

  4. 4 slang British :  mettle, courage

bot·tle·ful play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of bottle

  1. We drank a bottle of wine.

  2. He says he's lost too many years to the bottle, and that he's giving up alcohol.

  3. Her struggles with the bottle affected her entire family.

  4. Has the baby finished her bottle yet?

  5. 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 cask

First Known Use: 14th century

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verb bot·tle

Simple Definition of bottle

  • : to put (something) into a bottle so that it can be sold or so that it is easier to use

  • : to put (fruit or vegetables) in a jar using a special procedure that preserves them

Full Definition of bottle

bot·tledbot·tling play \ˈbä-təl-iŋ, ˈbät-liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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>

  3. 2 :  to put into or as if into a bottle <wished she could bottle their energy>

bot·tler play \ˈbä-təl-ər, ˈbät-lər\ noun

Examples of bottle

  1. The restaurant bottles its own ginger ale.

  2. Near the top of the mountain, the climbers relied on bottled oxygen to breathe.


First Known Use of bottle


Medical Dictionary


noun bot·tle \ˈbät-əl\

Medical Definition of bottle

  1. 1:  a rigid or semirigid container typically of glass or plastic having a comparatively narrow neck or mouth and usually no handle—see wash bottle

  2. 2:  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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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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