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 upbottling 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 upbottle 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 Hotel Zaza features an intimate Toast for Two package, complete with a complimentary bottle of bubbly. Alison Medley, Chron, "Rooms with a view of 2021: Texas hotels roll out holiday staycation deals for this weekend," 31 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately for all involved, Featherington's bookies somehow uncover the plan and, to teach him a very extreme lesson, ambush him with a bottle of laudanum, a form of opium with potentially fatal effects. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "That Whirlwind 'Bridgerton' Ending, Explained," 30 Dec. 2020 Selmont said the foundation was told by a group that provided the dog that it was assaulted with a beer bottle. Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. activist Marc Ching and his foundation exaggerated tales of animal abuse, vets and rescuers say," 30 Dec. 2020 Hampton, who had attacked Flores and his training officer with a vodka bottle just before the shooting, was also indicted on assault charges. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ex-SFPD cop pleads not guilty to manslaughter in fatal shooting case," 28 Dec. 2020 The dinner also comes with a bottle of Leuve de Vernay Brut Champagne and two Champagne glasses. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Where to order special New Year's brunch or dinner packages to-go," 28 Dec. 2020 No one will stop by — not for a bite, not for a drink, not to deliver packages nor with a bottle of wine in hand. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: For today, think of the helpers and heroes of 2020 and the hope of a new year," 23 Dec. 2020 Guja picked up the check at Walmart in neighboring Country Club Hills, along with a bottle of Champagne for Hopkins. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "Daily commute turns into big check for Oak Forest man," 18 Dec. 2020 After the Sun Sentinel began questioning, however, Fargnoli contacted FHP to inquire whether FHP had arranged to test the samples taken from the bottle. Brittany Wallman, sun-sentinel.com, "Danger Road: Bullets fly on I-95 as FHP shrugs," 19 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tours are $10; bottle your own single-barrel bourbon straight from the barrel for $29.99. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Thirsty? These 20+ bourbon distilleries are offering socially-distanced tours in Kentucky," 24 May 2019 Most opponents have been able to bottle up South Alabama wide receiver Jalen Tolbert in recent weeks, taking away the deep ball and making the Jaguars work the underneath passing game. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Jaguar buzz: South Alabama plays final road game at Arkansas State," 28 Nov. 2020 Real nice job by Eli Ankou (No. 95) of stacking the RG to help bottle up the run between inside. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 bold predictions for the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game vs. Washington," 24 Nov. 2020 In Europe, the company is using a pharmaceutical plant near Rome owned by Somerset, N.J.-based Catalent Inc. to bottle hundreds of millions of Oxford vaccine doses. Vernon Silver, Bloomberg.com, "The Final Hurdle in the Covid-19 Vaccine Race Is Bureaucracy," 18 Nov. 2020 Trump preaches the gospel of prosperity: a combination of a baller’s paean to bottle service and a recent convert’s confidence that his God is better than everyone else’s God. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Waiting for relief," 4 Nov. 2020 The Vikings have used split safeties early this season to help their young corners, and could look to keep Harrison Smith or Anthony Harris back in coverage in an attempt to bottle up Metcalf. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Vikings-Seahawks game prediction from Ben Goessling," 11 Oct. 2020 While you’re supposed to leave other sheet masks on for 15 to 20 minutes, the Ebanel mask allows for up to 40 minutes of application time (there’s so much essence in each pack that some users bottle the leftover serum as bonus applications). Popular Science, "Affordable, effective sheet masks for all your skin ailments," 6 Nov. 2020 Only in the second half of the 20th century, when more grape-growers began to bottle their own wines instead of selling to large merchants, did some measure of prosperity begin to flow toward the farmers. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines," 22 Oct. 2020

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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

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bottle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bottle. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for bottle

bottle

noun
How to pronounce bottle (audio)

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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