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 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 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

Traditionally, baijiu is served in thimble-sized shot glasses with lots of food, accompanied by lots of toasting and mutual refilling of said tiny shot glasses, until the bottle is empty. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "The next spirit you’ll be drinking with your Sichuan food is baijiu," 6 Aug. 2019 As part of the anniversary, purchasers can wax dip their own bottles. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Craft breweries MobCraft, 1840 and Gathering Place celebrate anniversaries with 3 block parties," 5 Aug. 2019 The bottle is not the only evidence the court is considering. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "A$AP Rocky Lands Back in U.S. After Sweden Assault Trial Ends," 3 Aug. 2019 The couple’s cheapest bottle was worth $800, and the most expensive was worth $13,000. Laurel Demkovich, Washington Post, "A man told wine fanciers he’d store their pricey bottles. Instead, he sold them and pocketed proceeds.," 3 Aug. 2019 World of Beer in Lowertown was known for its 500 bottles of beer and 50 rotating taps. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "World of Beer in Lowertown closes," 26 July 2019 This whiskey bottle was full a few short hours earlier. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida man finds message in a bottle — 24 years after it floated away on Lake Michigan: report," 22 July 2019 The liter bottles are, according to 2016 data released by Hudson, the chain’s fourth best-selling item, behind the more petite 20-ounce version and and two sizes of Dasani. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Battle of Hudson News Versus Willpower, Hudson News Always Wins," 19 July 2019 The bottle is behind him and his dizzying episodes related to his concussions for the most part have abated. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Bruin Geoff Courtnall was saved, and now he wants to save others too," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The woman’s 3-month-old twins were in the back seat of the vehicle, and a search by police uncovered two prescription Methadone bottles with urine inside them, as well as a baby bottle with urine inside it. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 7 Aug. 2019 Berryman struggles communicating, the result of decades bottling his feelings inside. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Hundreds of men say they were sexually abused during their time in the Boy Scouts. Now they want justice.," 4 Aug. 2019 Hatidze, who never married and has no children, ekes out a living for herself and her mother by keeping bees and gathering and bottling their honey. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Honeyland,” Reviewed: A Gripping, Frustrating Documentary About a Beekeeper’s Fragile Isolation," 1 Aug. 2019 There’s an outside chance this beer could emerge because the label approved was for a keg, and filling a handful of kegs for an experiment like this would make much more sense than the labor-intensive step of bottling it. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Goose Island's 2019 Bourbon County beer lineup emerging — or is it? Some labels are probably fakes.," 11 June 2019 Before the temporary provision was signed into law as the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, interest expenses were not deducted until the bourbon was bottled and sold, which could be anywhere from two to over 20 years after aging. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul team up on a bill to help bourbon producers," 25 July 2019 And because most breweries aren’t eager to sell canned sours that might explode, mixed culture sours have almost always been bottled. Almanac is seeking to change that. Zak Stambor, chicagotribune.com, "Canned sour beers that explode with flavor, but won’t explode the can," 23 July 2019 Honey can be consumed still in the comb, but many beekeepers extract and bottle the golden goodness. Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 These allow visitors - whose ranks have included Ivanka Trump's children - to pet or bottle-feed the animals. oregonlive.com, "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 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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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
: 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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