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 bottle (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 bottle (audio) \ noun

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for bottle

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

  • nonintoxicant
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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 That’s how 19-year-old Robson ended up inside a wooden crate with his suitcase, a flashlight, a Beatles songbook, a pint of water and an empty bottle to hold his urine. Washington Post, "Man seeks pals he once persuaded to ship him around the world in a crate," 16 Apr. 2021 After the crash, a sheriff's deputy found a backpack laying in the brush next to the car with an empty, unlabeled pill bottle inside, according to the report. Mallika Kallingal And Alexandra Meeks, CNN, "Tiger Woods was disoriented in a manner consistent with shock following his crash, police report says," 9 Apr. 2021 An empty pharmaceutical bottle was found in a backpack at the scene of the crash with no label or indication of what was inside it. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Collision report reveals Tiger Woods' confusion, low blood pressure in Southern California crash," 9 Apr. 2021 Authorities have said members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity gave pledges bottles of alcohol on March 4 and encouraged each to finish an entire bottle. NBC News, "Ohio student's alcohol-related hazing death ruled accident," 8 Apr. 2021 Members of the fraternity at Bowling Green State University gave pledges bottles of alcohol on March 4 and encouraged each to finish an entire bottle. John Seewer, ajc, "University: Fraternity broke hazing rules in student's death," 2 Apr. 2021 An open and half-empty bottle of liquor was found on the passenger floorboard. cleveland, "Motorist tells officer to ‘just take me to jail’: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 29 Mar. 2021 Moore suffered second degree burns to both legs, and investigators found an open bottle of lighter fluid on a table in the living room and melted pieces of Moore's pants on the floor. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "Woman who fatally stabbed boyfriend had history of abuse toward man, records show," 19 Mar. 2021 Dahlia is bottled at 40% ABV in an elegant glass bottle inspired by vintage perfume decanters. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, "Mezcal El Silencio Founders Launch Their First Product In Eight Years: A Cristalino Tequila," 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the early days of the pandemic, Mark Alston, the owner of The Bayou, purchased $3,000 worth of equipment that would allow his Salt Lake City bar to bottle and sell draft beer to go. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "There is no more ‘beer to go’ at Utah restaurants and bars. Here’s why.," 13 Apr. 2021 Clamor for the minister's resignation grew as Brazil's COVID-19 death toll surged this year and the nation suffered delays in getting active ingredients needed to bottle vaccines, mostly from China. Star Tribune, "Bolsonaro forced into Cabinet shuffle, changes top diplomat," 29 Mar. 2021 Next, the team got together on a Saturday afternoon to bottle the water. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Wauwatosa company sent 35,000 bottles of water to Texas after a winter storm left many without clean water," 4 Mar. 2021 Kiyoko, who identifies as a gay woman, has always battled with her feminine and masculine sides, so her goal for this gender-neutral perfume was to bottle both those extremes. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, "Hayley Kiyoko’s New Fragrance Is Gaydar In A Bottle," 3 Mar. 2021 The enterprising widow, Tao Huabi, decided to open a factory to bottle her magic sauce. Jane Black, WSJ, "Why Chile Crisp Is Still Trending," 18 Feb. 2021 Catalent, a pharmaceutical company, will bottle the doses in Indiana. New York Times, "Biden Vows Enough Vaccine ‘for Every Adult American’ by End of May," 2 Mar. 2021 How many Amandas are out there who have gifts, but only share them in the privacy of their bathroom, in front of the dressing mirror, or just bottle it? Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, "The Next Generation Leader: Lessons From Amanda Gorman," 24 Feb. 2021 Logan helped bottle up Pendleton’s inside run game and pushed everything to the outside. oregonlive, "Meet some star Class 5A, 4A high school football players the stat sheets often miss: Beyond the Box Scores, Week 2," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for bottle

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The first known use of bottle was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

19 Apr 2021

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“Bottle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bottle. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for bottle

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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