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 bottle (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 bottle (audio) \ noun

Verb

bottler \ ˈbä-​tᵊl-​ər How to pronounce bottle (audio) , ˈbät-​lər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bottle

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

  • nonintoxicant
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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 There’s even been discussion in past years about scrapping the bottle redemption system and replacing it with a tax. Susan Haigh, courant.com, 3 June 2021 Don’t miss the Estate Gewurtraminer, which is drier than the norm and a perfect bottle to bring home for your next Thai or Indian takeout. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 For every limited-edition bottle sold from now until June 30, OGX will donate $1 to Johnson & Johnson to support Family Equality, a non-profit organization fighting to protect and support LGBTQIA families. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Marlene Dietrich liked to have 12 pink roses and bottle of Dom Pérignon in her room upon arrival. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Each bottle communicates subtly about the bubbles within. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 To complement the launch, the company is also launching an exclusive fashion collection that includes a surf shirt, bikini, flip flops and tote in the same print inspired by the floral bottle design. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 1 June 2021 Pride capsule collection includes sunglasses, a graphic tee, a sweatshirt, sweater, fanny pack, baseball cap, socks, water bottle and fragrance. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 The fanfare, the designer’s clout, and the collectable bottle all contributed to the perfume’s enthusiastic reception—but in the end, none of it would have mattered if the juice hadn’t also smelled divine. April Long, Town & Country, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The staff of around 20 people, including sales and production workers, tried to adjust, first switching to home deliveries and then converting operations to bottle and sell hand sanitizer. Lauren Weber, WSJ, 17 May 2021 After the initial setback, Sanofi struck agreements to help bottle or produce rival vaccines designed by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. NBC News, 17 May 2021 But a shortage of resin after winter storms closed chemical plants in the Southern U.S. left milk processors unable to procure the plastic jugs needed to bottle it. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, 7 May 2021 But over the last year, Bolling has had to shift her focus to bottle sales to stay afloat. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 4 May 2021 But without them, the Lakers need to bottle up as much of their energy from Monday’s game as possible. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Installing sci-fi-type machinery to pull carbon from the air — or divert it from refineries, power plants and industrial operations — and bottle it up deep underground is a monumentally expensive and logistically daunting challenge. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 In the early days of the pandemic, Mark Alston, the owner of The Bayou, purchased $3,000 worth of equipment that would allow his Salt Lake City bar to bottle and sell draft beer to go. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 Clamor for the minister's resignation grew as Brazil's COVID-19 death toll surged this year and the nation suffered delays in getting active ingredients needed to bottle vaccines, mostly from China. Star Tribune, 29 Mar. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for bottle

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The first known use of bottle was in the 14th century

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6 Jun 2021

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“Bottle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bottle. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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