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

Cut to Offred pumping breast milk into mostly empty bottles in the gray, sterile light of a empty Red Center dorm hall under the supervision of several Aunts. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 July 2018 Barry Rake started his initiative last fall and, with the help of about a dozen volunteers, has already distributed approximately 7,000 water bottles in the county. Washington Post, "News outlets collaborate to share solutions to opioid crisis," 30 June 2018 There are storage areas for bottles and other items in all four side doors, and a second-row center console on some models to hold mobile devices and other valuables. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 Police found two Mountain Spring water bottles in the car. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Man's shooting death on I-95 in Boca was likely random," 29 June 2018 Erin Austin, the mother of the 8-year-old girl, Jordan Rodgers, said her daughter was selling bottles of water in front of their home in an attempt to raise money because Austin recently lost her job. NBC News, "White woman dubbed 'Permit Patty' for calling police on black girl denies it was racial," 25 June 2018 For every plastic bag hoarded and cord unplugged, a New Yorker tosses a cigarette butt or drops a soda bottle in the wrong bin. Vogue, "3 Writers On Living Sustainably In 2018," 21 June 2018 Privacy - Terms Police were told the loss prevention officer had led Griffin out of the store for allegedly urinating into a water bottle in a changing room. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "He was escorted out for peeing in a bottle at an Illinois mall when shots were fired, cops say," 14 June 2018 Beals said the video shows Barrett throwing a plastic water bottle in a trash can. Julie Gallant, sandiegouniontribune.com, "RUSD students vie for iVIE awards," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That led him to source wines from around the globe, bottling them under a single, new brand. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Gallo buys Locations brand from wine mogul Dave Phinney," 27 June 2018 Le Sirenuse has already translated its iconic appeal into a Resort line and bottled it into a fragrance, Eau d’Italie. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Le Sirenuse Positano and Artist Luke Edward Hall Team Up on a Call Me by Your Name–Inspired Tableware Collection," 12 June 2018 Minor is what is known in the business as a negociant, initially buying tanks of wine here and there, blending them to please his palate, then bottling them under his own brand. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "No vineyard? No winery? No problem for Sean Minor | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 The Pelicans were determined to make life hell for the Blazers' lethal backcourt, flashing physical on-ball defense, pick-and-roll traps and waves of attention at them in an effort to bottle them up. Joe Freeman, OregonLive.com, "New Orleans Pelicans' stars outshine Trail Blazers' stars to steal Game 1 of Western Conference Playoffs," 15 Apr. 2018 Saturday, March 17: North Coast Wine Club will be bottling white wines (Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Rose, unoaked Chardonnay) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Email the club for details. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Pat O'Brien's will host Newton Vineyards, Cru Uncorked tastings, Champagne dinner at L'Albatros, more," 13 Mar. 2018 The company’s focus last year on newer, healthier drinks such as LIFEWTR bottled water and Lemon Lemon soda hurt sales of core brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Gatorade. Allison Prang, WSJ, "PepsiCo Reports Slowing Decline in Beverage Sales," 10 July 2018 In my eyes, a period was the opposite of masculine, and so my ego and internalized expectations of male dominance were enough to convince me to bottle it up and speak about it with no one. Kenny Jones, SELF, "Getting My Period Made Me Feel Like Less of a Man—Even Though I Knew I Was," 24 May 2018 There’s also a mozzarella bar, and for those who prefer stronger diversions, pineapple daiquiris and bottled Negronis. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Michael Schlow cooks up a taste of the Mediterranean at Eataly," 5 July 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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