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 upbottling 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 upbottle 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

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 Inexpensive store-brand shampoos with some thickening properties can cost as little as $4 to $8 a bottle, but results are variable. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best hair-thickening shampoo," 9 Oct. 2020 Another German import, this beer was lighter and didn’t have as full a head when poured from the bottle. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Fall is in the beer: 12 Oktoberfest beers from H-E-B, ranked," 8 Oct. 2020 Luckily, a handful of new serums promise to multitask, ensuring a glowing complexion achieved with just one small bottle. Kerstin Czarra, New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 8 Oct. 2020 The object was described in court documents as a bottle. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Man arrested on suspicion of setting fire to his own Scottsdale apartment," 8 Oct. 2020 Only one bottle can be purchased per address, and reselling the product is prohibited under state law. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "'Tis the season for ‘unicorn’ whiskeys in Utah," 7 Oct. 2020 Each doll includes a cute outfit and a bottle, so toddlers can feed their baby. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, USA TODAY, "The 26 best toys and gifts for 1-year-olds," 7 Oct. 2020 Pour enough olive oil into the container to completely cover the herbs and seal the bottle or jar. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "How to preserve the herbs from your spring garden, and then how to cook with those preserved herbs," 7 Oct. 2020 The bottle's first victims are Alexis and Stevie, who share a pretty nonsexual peck on the lips before Alexis spins on to her own tipsy boyfriend. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Daniel Levy Slams Comedy Central India for Removing a Gay Kiss From Schitt’s Creek," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Vikings have used split safeties early this season to help their young corners, and could look to keep Harrison Smith or Anthony Harris back in coverage in an attempt to bottle up Metcalf. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Vikings-Seahawks preview: Russell Wilson playing like an MVP for Seattle," 10 Oct. 2020 Place the fresh herbs, still on their stems, in a sealable jar or bottle large enough to leave couple inches of empty space at the top. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "How to preserve the herbs from your spring garden, and then how to cook with those preserved herbs," 7 Oct. 2020 In addition to bottle sales via contactless curbside service, a growler station with numerous on-tap options is also available. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Erath and Willful say hello as Oui! says goodbye to Portland’s urban wine scene," 10 Sep. 2020 Baloga will have to bottle that excitement, however, until next spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Loyola Maryland men’s golf stays on course despite pandemic, buoyed by individual success in summer," 19 Sep. 2020 The space, located at 431 N. Scottsdale Road, just north of McKellips Road, was designed to fill a need Coppins and Kanser saw for a neighborhood bar and bottle shop for the many food and beverage workers who live in the area. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Here are 3 new bottle shops to check out soon in Phoenix and Scottsdale," 9 Sep. 2020 Here are a few ways to bottle the last days of summer for remembering fondly when the autumn days glow amber. Ozoz Sokoh, Bon Appétit, "How to Use the Whole Peach, From Skins to Pits," 4 Sep. 2020 Neal is the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, and has used that power over the last two years to not investigate President Trump's unprecedented corruption, and to bottle up legislation taking on medical extortion rackets. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "This Massachusetts primary is everything wrong with the Democratic Party," 31 Aug. 2020 Whether your school was a nightmare of unequal power dynamics or a comedy of unequal power dynamics, filmmakers have tried to bottle these disparate journeys since the beginning of cinema. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Six back-to-school movies you should watch," 28 Aug. 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bottle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bottle. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for bottle

bottle

noun
How to pronounce bottle (audio)

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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