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bottleneck

adjective bot·tle·neck \ ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌnek \

Definition of bottleneck

:narrow
  • bottleneck harbors

First Known Use of bottleneck

1854


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bottleneck

noun

Definition of bottleneck

1 a :a narrow route
b :a point of traffic congestion
2 a :someone or something that retards or halts free movement and progress
b :impasse
c :a dramatic reduction in the size of a population (as of a species) that results in a decrease in genetic variation
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.

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First Known Use of bottleneck

1806

bottleneck Synonyms


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bottleneck

verb

Definition of bottleneck

transitive verb
:to slow or halt by causing a bottleneck

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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

noun bot·tle·neck \ ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌnek \

Definition of bottleneck for Students

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


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