bottle

noun, often attributive
bot·​tle | \ ˈbä-tᵊl How to pronounce bottle (audio) \

Definition of bottle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : the quantity held by a bottle
3a : intoxicating drink : the practice of drinking slipped deeper and deeper into the bottle— Anne Bernays
b : liquid food (such as milk) used in place of mother's milk
4 slang, British : mettle, courage

bottle

verb
bottled; bottling\ ˈbä-​tᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce bottling (audio) , ˈbät-​liŋ \

Definition of bottle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to put into or as if into a bottle wished she could bottle their energy

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Other Words from bottle

Noun

bottleful \ ˈbä-​tᵊl-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce bottleful (audio) \ noun

Verb

bottler \ ˈbä-​tᵊl-​ər How to pronounce bottler (audio) , ˈbät-​lər \ noun

Examples of bottle in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The restaurant bottles its own ginger ale. Near the top of the mountain, the climbers relied on bottled oxygen to breathe.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After placing her son on a bed, Rosa-Perez threw a full formula bottle that struck his head Monday afternoon, records say. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Phoenix mother arrested after admitting to striking 2-month-old's head with formula bottle," 10 July 2019 In a new Mountain Dew promotion marketing bottles for all 50 states, the company's map graphics show that Michigan's Upper Peninsula is actually part of Wisconsin. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Mountain Dew campaign snubs Upper Peninsula, says it's part of Wisconsin," 10 July 2019 There’s a retractable nozzle that when extended can shoot a splash of water like a high-powered spray bottle on a low or high pressure setting. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Meet Sonny, a stylish portable bidet," 9 July 2019 Plastic-free business lines and the fact that SodaStream avoids single-use bottles could also offset certain regulatory risks for the company. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Pepsi’s earnings show the thirst for sparkling water is real," 9 July 2019 For those people, there’s Whole Foods bottles of Omega-3 and B vitamins. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The all-too-understandable urge to buy a better brain," 8 July 2019 Helen McDonald and her sons help remove drink bottles from toppled shelving in coolers at Minit Shop in Ridgecrest after a 6.4 earthquake Thursday morning. Times Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, "PHOTOS: 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes rattle Southern California," 8 July 2019 Stop Using Propane Bottles The ubiquitous disposable green propane bottle is convenient, but a huge source of pollution. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "Fire Fest! The 5 Best Portable Grills You Can Buy," 6 July 2019 By the end of the hottest day in French history, rubbish bins on streets and station platforms overflowed with empty plastic bottles—awaiting their probable fate as landfill. The Economist, "Heat, water and plastic in France," 6 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some employees packed vehicles with computers and documents while others donned respirator masks and finished bottling wines from the previous year. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Columbia Gorge wineries release Eagle Creek Fire pinot noirs to raise funds for restoring hiking trails," 11 July 2019 The lost whiskey was years from being bottled as a Jim Beam product that ages for four years. Washington Post, "Burned Jim Beam warehouse was insured; sprinklers deployed," 5 July 2019 That law is also expected to be bottled up by legal challenges. NBC News, "Federal judge blocks Ohio's 'heartbeat bill,' setting up legal showdown over abortion," 3 July 2019 The choreography is pretty impressive, but martial art expertise is not a barrier to participation, all bottle cap fighters are welcome too to have a crack too. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "The Internet Has Accepted the Bottle Cap Challenge. It's Really Kicking Off," 2 July 2019 Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers in Framingham bottled all of its beer during the company’s first four years in operation, and only began canning in 2016, co-founder Sam Hendler said. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "For craft brewers, four-packs of cans become the norm," 30 June 2019 The Mystics also did a great job of bottling up the Aces' offense, crowding Wilson and forcing her into six turnovers and getting a hand on nearly every pass that wasn't exactly on the money. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "A'ja Wilson, Liz Cambage Need More From Their Backcourt If Aces Want to Contend," 21 June 2019 The Grandas make and bottle all their own sauces, including Jalapeño Lime, Smokin’ Chipotle, Orange Habanero and Trinidad Mango Madness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Eating my way through Mercado del Barrio: This is what America tastes like," 20 June 2019 This summer’s buzziest boozy drink has fewer calories than beer, less alcohol than a mixed drink and comes pre-bottled or canned for easy transport and on-the-go drinking. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Alcoholic seltzer: Everything you need to know about summer 2019's buzziest drink," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of bottle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bottle

Noun

Middle English botel, from Old French botele, from Medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis cask

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bottle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bottle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a glass or plastic container that has a narrow neck and usually has no handle
: the amount contained in a bottle
: alcoholic drink

bottle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bottle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something) into a bottle so that it can be sold or so that it is easier to use
British : to put (fruit or vegetables) in a jar using a special procedure that preserves them

bottle

noun
bot·​tle | \ ˈbä-tᵊl How to pronounce bottle (audio) \

Kids Definition of bottle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a container (as of glass or plastic) usually having a narrow neck and mouth and no handle
2 : the quantity held by a bottle I drank the whole bottle.

bottle

verb
bottled; bottling

Kids Definition of bottle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put into a bottle
2 : to shut up as if in a bottle She bottles up her feelings.

bottle

noun, often attributive
bot·​tle | \ ˈbät-ᵊl How to pronounce bottle (audio) \

Medical Definition of bottle

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 : 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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