Bottles of different sizes and shapes.
- The definition of a bottle is a container with a neck that holds liquids.
An example of a bottle is a container in which wine is sold.
- Bottle is defined as to put something into a container.
An example of bottle is to fill glass containers with milk.
- a container, esp. for liquids, made of glass, plastic, etc. and having a relatively narrow neck
- the amount that a bottle holds
- the volume of liquid contained in a standard U.S. wine bottle, 750 ml (25.4 oz)
- milk from an infant's nursing bottle
- alcoholic liquor
Origin of bottleMiddle English botel from Middle French botele from Old French from Medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis, a cask
transitive verb-·tled, -·tling
- to put into a bottle or bottles
- to store (a gas, a liquefied gas, etc.) under pressure in a tank or cylinder
- to shut in, as enemy troops
- to hold in or suppress, as emotions
hit the bottle
Origin of bottleMiddle English and Old French botel, diminutive of botte from Middle Dutch bote, bundle of flax
- A receptacle having a narrow neck, usually no handles, and a mouth that can be plugged, corked, or capped.
- The quantity that a bottle holds.
- A receptacle filled with milk or formula that is fed, as to babies, in place of breast milk.
- Informal a. Intoxicating liquor: Don't take to the bottle.b. The practice of drinking large quantities of intoxicating liquor: Her problem is the bottle.
transitive verbbot·tled, bot·tling, bot·tles
- To place in a bottle.
- To hold in; restrain: bottled up my emotions.
Origin of bottleMiddle English botel from Old French botele from Medieval Latin butticula diminutive of Late Latin buttis cask
From Middle English bottle, botle, buttle, from Old English botl, bold (“abode, house, dwelling-place, mansion, hall, castle, temple”), from Proto-Germanic *budlą, *buþlą, *bōþlą (“house, dwelling, farm”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhōw- (“to swell, grow, thrive, be, live, dwell”). Cognate with North Frisian budel, bodel, bol, boel (“dwelling, inheritable property”), Dutch boedel, boel (“inheritance, estate”), Danish bol (“farm”), Icelandic ból (“dwelling, abode, farm, lair”). Related to Old English byldan (“to build, construct”). More at build.
- A container, typically made of glass and having a tapered neck, used for holding liquids.
- Beer is often sold in bottles.
- The contents of such a container.
- I only drank a bottle of beer.
- A container with a rubber nipple used for giving liquids to infants
- The baby wants a bottle.
- (UK, informal) Nerve, courage.
- You don't have the bottle to do that! He was going to ask her out, but he lost his bottle when he saw her.
- (of a person with a particular hair col) With one's hair color produced by dyeing.
- Did you know he's a bottle brunette? His natural hair color is strawberry blonde.
- 1599, Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Act 1 Scene 1
- DON PEDRO. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument.
- BENEDICK. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat and shoot at me; and he that hits me, let him be clapped on the shoulder and called Adam.
- 1590s, Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
- I was no sooner in the middle of the pond, but my horse vanished away, and I sat upon a bottle of hay, never so near drowning in my life.
- (figuratively) Intoxicating liquor; alcohol.
- to drown one's troubles in the bottle
(third-person singular simple present bottles, present participle bottling, simple past and past participle bottled)
- To seal (a liquid) into a bottle for later consumption.
- This plant bottles vast quantities of spring water every day.
- (UK) To feed (an infant) baby formula.
- Because of complications she can't breast feed her baby and so she bottles him.
- (UK, slang) To refrain from doing (something) at the last moment because of a sudden loss of courage.
- The rider bottled the big jump.
- (UK, slang) To strike (someone) with a bottle.
- He was bottled at a nightclub and had to have facial surgery.
- (UK, slang) To pelt (a musical act on stage, etc.) with bottles as a sign of disapproval.
- Meat Loaf was once bottled at Reading Festival.
Anglo-Norman and Old French boteille (Modern French bouteille), from Vulgar Latin *botticula, ultimately of disputed origin. Probably a diminutive of Late Latin buttis.