- a narrow entrance or passageway.
- a place or stage in a process at which progress is impeded.
- Also called slide guitar. a method of guitar playing that produces a gliding sound by pressing a metal bar or glass tube against the strings.
- to hamper or confine by or as if by a bottleneck.
- to become hindered by or as if by a bottleneck.
Origin of bottleneck
Examples from the Web for bottleneck
When U.S. output started to soar more recently, the bottleneck came early.Pipelines, Not Rail, Ctd.
April 10, 2013
Also, because Jobs insists on being involved in all products that Apple ships, he ends up becoming a bottleneck.The Secrets of Succession
August 26, 2011
The seven-year-long bottleneck in Cuba has finally been eased.Slamming the Door on Gitmo
October 21, 2009
We have already reached the point where shipping is no longer the bottleneck in the return of troops from the European theater.State of the Union Addresses of Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
This enables it to do its intended job without acting as a bottleneck in jobs requiring the power of the front end.On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969
H. W. Fulbright et al.
- a narrow stretch of road or a junction at which traffic is or may be held up
- the hold up
- something that holds up progress, esp of a manufacturing process
- the broken-off neck of a bottle placed over a finger and used to produce a buzzing effect in a style of guitar-playing originally part of the American blues tradition
- the style of guitar playing using a bottleneck
- (tr) US to be or cause an obstruction in
Word Origin and History for bottleneck
- An abrupt and severe reduction in the number of individuals during the history of a species, resulting in the loss of diversity from the gene pool. The generations following the bottleneck are more genetically homogenous than would otherwise be expected. Bottlenecks often occur in consequence of a catastrophic event.
The point at which an industry or economic system has to slow its growth because one or more of its components cannot keep up with demand.