- a portable container for holding liquids, characteristically having a neck and mouth and made of glass or plastic.
- the contents of such a container; as much as such a container contains: a bottle of wine.
- bottled cow's milk, milk formulas, or substitute mixtures given to infants instead of mother's milk: raised on the bottle.
- the bottle, intoxicating beverages; liquor: He became addicted to the bottle.
- to put into or seal in a bottle: to bottle grape juice.
- British. to preserve (fruit or vegetables) by heating to a sufficient temperature and then sealing in a jar.
- bottle up,
- to repress, control, or restrain: He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him.
- to enclose or entrap: Traffic was bottled up in the tunnel.
- hit the bottle, Slang. to drink alcohol to excess often or habitually.
Origin of bottle1
Related Words for bottlevial, glass, urn, jar, jug, ewer, flask, soldier, decanter, canteen, flagon, cruet, phial, carafe
Examples from the Web for bottle
Contemporary Examples of bottle
Nothing does it quite like deftly decapitating a bottle of bubbly with a gleaming blade.How to Saber a Champagne Bottle
James Joiner, The Daily Beast Video
December 30, 2014
That means that Champagne is fermented a second time in the bottle when sealed closed, which naturally produces the bubbles.
If you need to store the bottle in the fridge, let it warm up for a few minutes on the counter before serving.
I get the bottle while he opens a desk drawer containing two glasses.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
One evening, after guzzling a bottle of whiskey, Stapp said he grabbed two MP5 machine guns from his collection.Creed Singer Scott Stapp’s Fall From Grace: From 40 Million Albums Sold to Living in a Holiday Inn
November 27, 2014
Historical Examples of bottle
Perhaps my father might have put that in a bottle also at a later date.Brave and Bold
Also you will bury a bottle containing report of your proceedings.Explorations in Australia
His only nourishment was milk, drawn from a bottle through a quill.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Kingozi dropped that bottle into his side pocket with a sigh of relief.
"I remember now something you said when you broke the bottle of pilocarpin," he said slowly.
- a vessel, often of glass and typically cylindrical with a narrow neck that can be closed with a cap or cork, for containing liquids
- (as modifier)a bottle rack
- Also called: bottleful the amount such a vessel will hold
- a container equipped with a teat that holds a baby's milk or other liquid; nursing bottle
- the contents of such a containerthe baby drank his bottle
- short for magnetic bottle
- British slang nerve; courage (esp in the phrase lose one's bottle)
- British slang money collected by street entertainers or buskers
- full bottle Australian slang well-informed and enthusiastic about something
- the bottle informal drinking of alcohol, esp to excess
- to put or place (wine, beer, jam, etc) in a bottle or bottles
- to store (gas) in a portable container under pressure
- slang to injure by thrusting a broken bottle into (a person)
- British slang (of a busker) to collect money from the bystanders
Word Origin for bottle
- dialect a bundle, esp of hay
Word Origin for bottle
mid-14c., originally of leather, from Old French boteille (12c., Modern French bouteille), from Vulgar Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis "a cask," which is perhaps from Greek. The bottle, figurative for "liquor," is from 17c.
1640s, from bottle (n.). Related: Bottled; bottling.
In addition to the idiom beginning with bottle
- bottle up
- crack a bottle
- hit the bottle