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

Moreover, even if the U.S. is able to put the gene-tinkering cork back in the bottle, wouldn’t that concede a competitive advantage to nations that aren’t so fastidious? Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: Best of 2018," 7 Dec. 2018 The four proceeded to have dinner at Doug’s Harbor Reef Restaurant, drinking champagne, two bottles of wine, and cocktails. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "What Really Happened to Natalie Wood?," 29 Nov. 2018 No other wine can boast such happiness and versatility in a bottle. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "The Best Wine for Every Thanksgiving Scenario," 19 Nov. 2018 The method that finds the shorter half-life counts the number of neutrons in a bottle after an elapsed time. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Dark matter not at the core of neutron stars," 9 Aug. 2018 Fearing for the baby, the family microwaved some milk from the fridge, put it in a water bottle and attempted to feed the fragile elk. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Born of tragedy, newborn elk triumphs thanks to kindness of strangers," 12 July 2018 This is lightning in a bottle: the Beatles and Beatlemania at their apogee, with all the requisite screaming, racing and mop-top clowning. Jordan Hoffman, New York Times, "Where to Stream the Best, and the Most Ridiculous, of the Beatles on Film," 9 July 2018 Still, surely something else will catch the same lighting in a bottle—or Blitzle in a Pokéball—that Niantic has. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Quiet, Steady Dominance of Pokémon Go," 6 July 2018 In just one example of how much an individual drug price has gone up, a bottle of Xalatan, eyedrops for glaucoma, went from $89.38 to $107.05, reports The Financial Times. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Pfizer Raises Prices on Prescription Drugs Like Viagra and Chantix for the Second Time This Year," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The researchers tested several different wines from the Napa valley that were bottled between 2009 and 2012. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Traces of the Fukushima Meltdown Can Be Found in California Wines," 21 July 2018 At one time, celebrities dreamed of owning a vineyard and bottling wine. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "George Clooney, Ryan Reynolds, others celebs, cash in on liquor," 14 Mar. 2018 To visit is to tour five rooms to learn the basics of terroir, smelling, tasting, labeling, and bottling wine. Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Food Tours in Paris," 3 Mar. 2018 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

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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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