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bottleneck

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adjective bot·tle·neck \ˈbä-təl-ˌnek\

Definition of bottleneck

  1. :  narrow bottleneck harbors

First Known Use of bottleneck

1854


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bottleneck

noun bot·tle·neck

Definition of bottleneck

  1. 1a :  a narrow routeb :  a point of traffic congestion

  2. 2a :  someone or something that retards or halts free movement and progressb :  impassec :  a dramatic reduction in the size of a population (as of a species) that results in a decrease in genetic variation

  3. 3 :  a style of guitar playing in which glissando effects are produced by sliding an object (such as a knife blade or the neck of a bottle) along the strings —called also bottleneck guitar

Examples of bottleneck in a Sentence

  1. Bridge construction has created a bottleneck on the southern part of Main Street.

  2. All decisions must be approved by the committee, and this is where the company runs into bottlenecks.

First Known Use of bottleneck

1806


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bottleneck

verb bot·tle·neck

Definition of bottleneck

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to slow or halt by causing a bottleneck

First Known Use of bottleneck

1919


BOTTLENECK Defined for English Language Learners

bottleneck

noun

Definition of bottleneck for English Language Learners

  • : a section of road or highway where the traffic moves very slowly

  • : something that slows down a process


BOTTLENECK Defined for Kids

bottleneck

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noun bot·tle·neck \ˈbä-təl-ˌnek\

Definition of bottleneck for Students

  1. :  a place or condition where improvement or movement is held up That intersection is a traffic bottleneck.



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