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bottle

noun, often attributive bot·tle \ ˈbä-tᵊl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of bottle

1 a :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
3 a :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

bottleful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of bottle in a Sentence

  1. We drank a bottle of wine.

  2. He says he's lost too many years to the bottle, and that he's giving up alcohol.

  3. Her struggles with the bottle affected her entire family.

  4. Has the baby finished her bottle yet?

  5. raised on a bottle instead of breast milk

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Origin and Etymology of bottle

Middle English botel, from Old French botele, from Medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis cask

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bottle

verb

Definition of bottle

bottled; bottling play \ˈbä-tᵊl-iŋ, ˈbät-liŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :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

bottler

play \ˈbä-tᵊl-ər, ˈbät-lər\ noun

Examples of bottle in a Sentence

  1. The restaurant bottles its own ginger ale.

  2. Near the top of the mountain, the climbers relied on bottled oxygen to breathe.

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First Known Use of bottle

1594


BOTTLE Defined for English Language Learners

bottle

noun

Definition of bottle for English Language Learners

  • : a glass or plastic container that has a narrow neck and usually has no handle

  • : the amount contained in a bottle

  • the bottle : alcoholic drink


bottle

verb

Definition of bottle for English Language Learners

  • : to put (something) into a bottle so that it can be sold or so that it is easier to use

  • : to put (fruit or vegetables) in a jar using a special procedure that preserves them


BOTTLE Defined for Kids

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bottle

noun bot·tle \ ˈbä-tᵊl \

Definition of bottle for Students

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.

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bottle

verb

Definition of bottle for Students

bottled; bottling
1 :to put into a bottle
2 :to shut up as if in a bottle
  • She bottles up her feelings.

Medical Dictionary

bottle

noun, often attributive bot·tle \ ˈbät-ᵊl \

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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