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 Following the instruction on the bottle, add a nutrient solution to the water. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to start a hydroponic garden," 26 Mar. 2021 What went into the research and development process for Happy V to ensure the products offer the kind of care promised on the bottle? Rachel King, Fortune, "The startup striving to make talking about vaginal wellness as normal as discussing skin and hair care," 21 Mar. 2021 The oil’s smoke point may be listed on the bottle’s label. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "How to Season Any Cast-Iron Pan so It Shines Like New," 19 Mar. 2021 Each plan includes up to three bottles of champagne, a Bubbleshop tote bag on your first drop and detailed tasting notes on every bottle. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, "Award-Winning Sommelier Launches Online Bubbleshop With Best Grower Champagnes," 11 Mar. 2021 Bidding on the first bottle is currently over $16,000. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Chris Stapleton Auctioning Autographed Bottles of Special Bourbon for Disaster Relief in Texas and Kentucky," 8 Mar. 2021 There are permanent markings on the bottle that won’t fade or wear off. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Salad Dressing Container," 3 Mar. 2021 In this week’s Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant’s birthday girl comes face-to-face with her friend’s enthusiastic encouragement of her dependence on a bottle or two to get through the day. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "Saturday Night Live Will Have You Questioning Your Booze-Related Home Decor," 14 Feb. 2021 For every dollar the U.S. spends on a bottle of European wine, American companies — including wine importers, distributors, retailers and restaurants — make $4.52, according to Ben Aneff, president of the U.S. Wine Trade Alliance. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "A new wine tariff could make French wines 25% more expensive in the Bay Area," 12 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Catalent, a pharmaceutical company, will bottle the doses in Indiana. New York Times, "Biden Vows Enough Vaccine ‘for Every Adult American’ by End of May," 2 Mar. 2021 How many Amandas are out there who have gifts, but only share them in the privacy of their bathroom, in front of the dressing mirror, or just bottle it? Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, "The Next Generation Leader: Lessons From Amanda Gorman," 24 Feb. 2021 Logan helped bottle up Pendleton’s inside run game and pushed everything to the outside. oregonlive, "Meet some star Class 5A, 4A high school football players the stat sheets often miss: Beyond the Box Scores, Week 2," 19 Mar. 2021 Most recently, the administration has focused on Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine, brokering a deal to have pharmaceutical giant Merck manufacture and bottle the shot and announcing plans to secure 100 million additional doses. Rebecca Robbins, BostonGlobe.com, "The US is sitting on tens of millions of vaccine doses the world needs," 11 Mar. 2021 Most recently, the administration has focused on Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine, brokering a deal to have the pharmaceutical giant Merck manufacture and bottle the shot and announcing plans to secure 100 million additional doses. New York Times, "The U.S. Is Sitting on Tens of Millions of Vaccine Doses the World Needs," 11 Mar. 2021 Some may wear their hearts on their sleeves while others bottle up their emotions. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Fidget Toys for Stress Relief," 25 Feb. 2021 His mother worked as science teacher and taught her son how to make slime and bottle rockets outside of school for fun. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "Fate of alleged Minnesota mosque bombing mastermind goes to jury," 8 Dec. 2020 Within hours of recovering the capsule, the researchers will puncture its hull and bottle any gases that may have been released by the sample and save them for analysis. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to Earth," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Bottle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bottle. Accessed 19 Apr. 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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