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

Or take it a step further and get a high-tech water bottle. Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 Growing up in an Asian culture, every celebration—whether at home or a wedding—ends with a bottle of Hennessy. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Opening Ceremony Has a Gold Limited Edition Travel Bag and We're Into It," 15 Nov. 2018 That is why they were frequently seen with large bottles of water to keep the blood flowing. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County family provides support for sickle cell disease patients," 11 July 2018 The two took a walk through the vines with a bottle of chardonnay, according to The Wall Street Journal. NBC News, "Wine and Wimbledon: The personal touch in courting corporate mergers," 10 July 2018 Police also said that Cook got a bottle of raspberry vodka for a group of fellow underage people. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Warrant, friend shed light on DUI case of Cobb teen who fell from SUV," 9 July 2018 Henderson, according to the indictment, then punched the man and hit him with a beer bottle. azcentral, "Family of University of Arizona grad murdered in Greece waits for justice," 6 July 2018 Henderson reacted by punching him and hitting him with a beer bottle. Nikolia Apostolou, USA TODAY, "One year later, family awaits justice in murder of Austin man on Greek island," 6 July 2018 Perhaps the key here is that Offred first offered to go get a bottle instead of asking to nurse Nicole. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Case in point: Jamba Juice smoothies and their supermarket cousins, bottled smoothies like Naked Juice. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Jamba Juice Healthy? Smoothie Fans Might Not Like the Answer," 29 Aug. 2018 In a stroke of millennial-nostalgia-fueled genius, St. Ives is coming out with a rollerball version of its beloved Apricot Scrub, bottling the fresh, familiar apricot scent into a 10-milliliter bottle, according to Bustle. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "St. Ives Apricot Scrub Releases Rollerball Fragrance," 2 Aug. 2018 Liverpool's Mo Salah is bottled up by the Manchester City defense. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Manchester City Solves the Liverpool Puzzle," 8 Oct. 2018 Early bottled ketchups fermented or spoiled relatively quickly, but industrial producers found that adding extra vinegar helped preserve them. Amy Bentley, Smithsonian, "How Ketchup Revolutionized How Food Is Grown, Processed and Regulated," 4 June 2018 The new spirits are blended with the old and then bottled, leaving one third of the tank for the next batch. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Rye Whiskey the Right Way," 23 Mar. 2016 The Air Force is making bottled water available for drinking and cooking for residents who rely on wells that exceed a health advisory level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Susan Montoya Bryan, The Seattle Times, "New Mexico concerned about contamination at US air base," 16 Oct. 2018 But even as emergency funding starts to flow to the beleaguered city, there is still the mundane problem faced by Flint families of how to actually get enough bottled water for their daily needs. Molly Rauch, Good Housekeeping, "When Your Water Poisons Your Children," 16 Feb. 2016 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

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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 \

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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