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

Find six-packs of bottles in the brewery’s grab-and-go fridge, or at local stores. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "It’s time for fall beers at Connecticut breweries. Here are eight of them.," 16 Sep. 2019 Look into buying a pair of these glass bottles with eye dropper for nice, easy, mess-free dispensing. Nicole Blades, Good Housekeeping, "We Broke Down the Benefits of Using Olive Oil for Skin," 12 Sep. 2019 The restaurant and wine bar offers pasta, pizza, ossobuco, and plenty of bottles of rose. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Angkor Wat Beyond the Temples," 10 Sep. 2019 One of the injuries sustained was after a Malaysian supporter was struck on the head by one of the bottles thrown, while another broke his arm while trying to escape the chaos. SI.com, "Indonesian Government Apologises to Malaysia After Fan Clash Overshadows World Cup Qualifier," 8 Sep. 2019 Only 20 percent of plastic water bottles are recycled in the United States. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Archbishop takes on climate change, urges protection for city’s historic missions," 8 Sep. 2019 Many fans also assumed the partying and shots of empty liquor and pill bottles could be a reference to Hemsworth's alleged drug use. Neha Prakash, Glamour, "People Think Miley Cyrus's New Music Video Is Filled With Nods to Liam Hemsworth," 7 Sep. 2019 When first responders arrived, the entire scene reeked of alcohol and a mix of open and sealed beer bottles were found both inside and around Welch’s vehicle, the report said. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Trooper had record of driving violations before alleged off-duty OUI that seriously injured 3," 5 Sep. 2019 Three of the bottles are tinted the tone of limousine windows. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bob and Shirley shared an entrepreneurial spirit, starting businesses selling fresh eggs door to door and bottling bleach. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 9/15," 15 Sep. 2019 Shipping customers include brewing giant AB Inbev, bottled beverage manufacturer Niagara Bottling and butter producer Land O’Lakes. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Uber plans to hire 2,000 more Chicago-area employees to fill its massive space at Old Post Office," 9 Sep. 2019 Come for the long list of draft and bottled beer from nearby (Bells, Founders, et al) and far away (Hoegaarden, Delirium Tremens), but stay for the warm, genuine hospitality from the folks behind the bar. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "These are 9 definitive Downriver dining destinations," 6 Sep. 2019 Merlin Swire, the chairman of Swire Pacific, Cathay’s parent company, whose interests on the mainland range from bottling to property, travelled to Beijing on August 12th. The Economist, "Cathay Pacific’s fate rattles multinationals in Hong Kong," 22 Aug. 2019 The company's has bottled gin, vodka and rum, including cinnamon vodka, toasted coconut rum and aged rum. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "A new lobster roll restaurant has just signed on at Bottleworks' food hall on Mass Ave.," 8 Aug. 2019 Reebe said no one realized a ketchup bottle was taken from the restaurant, and noted that the Heinz bottles the thief took were 12 ounces larger than Perkins even puts on its tables. Fox News, "Woman who stole ketchup bottles from NJ restaurant wracked with guilt; returns 2 new bottles to owner," 6 Aug. 2019 There’s a water from Denmark that’s bottled after a hell lot of effort. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Never heard of a water sommelier? Neither did we till we met Ganesh Iyer," 31 July 2019 Indeed, at our next event, which is hosted by an old friend of Morrison’s, bartenders are combining bottled cocktail mixers with either alcohol or emulsified CBD. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The Verge, "Big Alcohol is pouring," 30 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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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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