bottle

noun, often attributive
bot·​tle | \ˈbä-tᵊl \

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, 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 \ noun

Verb

bottler \ˈbä-​tᵊl-​ər, 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

At one point, some in the crowd threw bottles and stones at the police, who responded with several volleys of what appeared to be tear gas. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Migrant Caravan Crosses Mexico’s Southern Border," 19 Oct. 2018 The sisters claim someone from Cardi B’s crew threw bottles and chairs at them, causing bodily harm. Fox News, "Cardi B will reportedly turn herself into police after strip club fight," 1 Oct. 2018 The fun of watching it puff out of the bottle into a white, airy cloud? Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Laneige's New Moisturizer Looks Like Whipped Cream for Your Face," 28 Sep. 2018 Instead of the traditional bottles, Bubble Tap stays true to its name by pouring up flutes from kegs, which can serve the masses while keeping bubbles perfectly in tact. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "A Prosecco Trailer is the Latest Over-the-Top Party Essential," 5 Sep. 2018 Eventually, the celebration turned from fun to fraught, which was too much for the city police, as, according to The Telegraph, some fans threw bottles and other projectiles. Melissa Locker, Time, "France Goes Wild In the Streets After Their World Cup Win," 11 July 2018 On the night of September 24, 2016, revelers at a nightclub threw a bottle at Brown and an altercation followed, his supporters say. NBC News, "Chinese court hands U.S. football coach Wendell Brown 4-year prison sentence," 28 June 2018 More than a year after a violent encounter with Miami-Dade police, a Little River man has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming officers beat him and restrained his hands and feet for a minor offense — throwing bottles out of his car window. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Miami man sues after wild tussle with cops. Much of it was caught on body cam video.," 27 June 2018 Adults and kids of all ages can take part in an array of activities, from milking cows and bottle-feeding calves to fly fishing and hiking. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "Agriturismo, American style: 8 farm and food experiences in the USA," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The spirit is re-distilled in stainless tanks, coming off at 160 proof and then proofed down to 86 percent with filtered water from the farm, now trucked to Weld’s new distillery, about five miles away, before being bottled and labeled. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of Gin Revealed," 10 Aug. 2018 Cry me a river, and bottle the tears up so someone else can hurl it at you. Yesha Callahan, The Root, "Tomi Lahren Says Underneath Her Racist Skin She’s a Real Person With Feelings ... No One Believes Her," 24 May 2018 Democrats fielded educator and environmental activist Aurora del Val, who fought the Nestle water bottling proposal, and academic adviser Anna Williams. OregonLive.com, "Liberal Democrats' primary wins could push Legislature further to the left," 15 May 2018 The beverage program, which will be overseen by Matt Scott, will offer Georgia beer, a variety of wines and seasonal cocktails, including bottled cocktails for two poured at the table from vintage glass flasks. Grimone, AJC.com, "Hemingway-inspired The White Bull to open in Decatur next week," 6 Mar. 2018 Customers who consumed only packaged or bottled items do not need to contact the health department. CBS News, "Up to 2,000 people possibly exposed to hepatitis A at Utah 7-Eleven," 8 Jan. 2018 Gregg Sulkin Not long after he and Bella Thorne split, Bella was seen making out with Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey. Instead of keeping his feelings bottled up inside, Gregg tweeted his thoughts on the matter. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "18 Celebs Who Threw Massive Amounts of Shade at Their Exes," 17 Oct. 2018 His family owned vineyards and was one of the first in the area to bottle its own wine. New York Times, "Reviving Ancient Spanish Vineyards, Building New Traditions," 24 May 2018 The plastic ranges in size from large buoys to bottle caps to microscopic particles, and it is trapped in the upper water column by the swirling currents known as the North Pacific Gyre, where fish, whales, sharks, sea turtles and sea birds feed. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now three times the size of France," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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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

the 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

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

bottle

noun
bot·​tle | \ˈbä-tᵊl \

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 \

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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