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 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 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 Washington also requested 500,000 safety goggles/face shields, 10,000 two-liter bottles of hand sanitizer, 10,000 test kits and 20 ventilators, and received none. Washington Post, "D.C. mayor tells hospitals city needs 3,600 additional beds for coronavirus surge," 2 Apr. 2020 Have an old bottle of hand sanitizer that's been tucked away in you purse or backpack for a while? Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "Here's where you can still buy hand sanitizer online," 2 Apr. 2020 Earlier this week, a man went viral on TikTok for tipping delivery drivers with rolls of toilet paper and bottles of hand sanitizer. Fox News, "Toilet paper shipment goes up in flames in Texas truck crash," 1 Apr. 2020 Criminal trespassing: Richmond Road At 7:10 p.m. March 23, a clerk at CVS/Pharmacy, 1443 Richmond Road, called police about a man in the store who appeared to be stealing bottles of wine. cleveland, "Man causes crash, leads police on chase, drives off road, blows out tire: Lyndhurst police blotter," 1 Apr. 2020 According to this worker, not many precautions have been taken in her store except for providing extra bottles of hand sanitiser. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "The Gig Workers Of America Tell Us Why They Are Going On Strike During Coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020 From their first account with Centrico Cocina Mexicana in downtown Phoenix, Carreño and Arriaga now distribute bottles of their spirits to 209 restaurants, bars and liquor stores throughout the state. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This mezcal was crowned world's best — and Arizona is the only place to get in the U.S.," 31 Mar. 2020 Whittemore House's kits include an eight-ounce bottle of color and one of a developer, a clip, a bowl, a brush, and preguard cream, which keeps the dye from staining the skin. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Hair Colorists Are Offering Virtual Consultations, Sending Custom Hair Dye Kits to Clients in the Mail," 28 Mar. 2020 O’Connor said the company had delivered 250,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to employees and handed out 17,000 masks at facilities across the U.S., with a similar number en route. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Workplace cleanliness a critical issue for businesses still operating in coronavirus era," 28 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Essentially, Heaven Hill's neutral grain spirit is cut with water in the mixing tank and then combined with hydrogen and peroxide before being taken down to the speakeasy for bottling and labeling. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Inside this Kentucky speakeasy, 'coveted' alcohol is being made. But it's not bourbon," 31 Mar. 2020 Last weekend, Leyenda sold bottled palomas and margaritas through its window on Smith Street in Brooklyn. Robert Simonson, New York Times, "Cocktails, Now to Go," 24 Mar. 2020 Many will also include wine and beer in your order; some are even bottling cocktails. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "With no dine-in, Cincinnati restaurants get creative with takeout," 19 Mar. 2020 Thursday, March 12: Pizza 216 Kitchen + Taphouse offers half off all wine bottles every Thursday. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Mallorca Wine and Dine in the Dark, many tastings set in NE Ohio, more - wine calendar," 10 Mar. 2020 The miracle happened when nearby Settecani Castelvetro Winery experienced an issue with its bottling line and an excess of Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro, a sparkling red wine, seeped through the town's municipal water system. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Wine Miraculously Flowed Through This Town's Water Taps for a Few Glorious Hours," 9 Mar. 2020 Check out our latest bottled beers, and choose between the mildly smoky, sweet tobacco and ripe cherry aroma of our Cascara & Coffee Ale, or the roast, chocolate and coffee notes of our Double Coffee Stout. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Stay toasty with with these 9 winter beers from Baltimore breweries," 3 Dec. 2019 Commonwealth Coffeehouse & Bakery recently opened a kiosk in the lobby near Traveler Barbershop, and construction is underway on a tasting room, bottling facility and other space for Devils River Whiskey. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "Want to know what’s happening downtown? Here’s an update on major construction projects around downtown San Antonio," 27 Nov. 2019 Nose guard Jeremy Douglas dominated the line of scrimmage and bottled up the running game while putting pressure on the quarterback with his teammates. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Plantation Wildcats 9U club takes AYFL Super Bowl title," 26 Nov. 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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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

6 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bottle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bottle. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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