- the neck of a bottle
- any place, as a narrow road, where traffic is slowed up or halted
- any point at which movement or progress is slowed up because much must be funneled through it: a bottleneck in production
- The mouth of your Coke bottle that you drink from and the part of the bottle leading right up to the mouth of the bottle is an example of a bottleneck.
- An area where five lanes of heavy traffic converge into one is an example of a bottleneck.
- The unavailability of parts for a product is an example of something that would create a bottleneck in output.
- a. A narrow or obstructed section, as of a highway or a pipeline.b. A point or an area of traffic congestion.
- A hindrance to progress or production.
- The narrow part of a bottle near the top.
- Music A style of guitar playing in which an object, such as a piece of glass or metal, is passed across the strings to achieve a gliding sound.
- Biology An abrupt and severe reduction in the number of individuals during the history of a species of a population, often resulting in the loss of diversity from the gene pool.
transitive verbbot·tle·necked, bot·tle·neck·ing, bot·tle·necks
- The narrow portion that forms the pouring spout of a bottle; the neck of a bottle.
- In traffic, any narrowing of the road, especially resulting in a delay.
- Any delay; part of a process that is too slow or cumbersome.
- It is easy to create entries; processing the paperwork is the bottleneck.
- The bottleneck in this computer program is the inefficient sorting process; we should replace it with a faster one.
(third-person singular simple present bottlenecks, present participle bottlenecking, simple past and past participle bottlenecked)
- To slow by causing a bottleneck.
- The merge bottlenecked the traffic every morning.
- (intransitive) To form a bottleneck.
- The traffic bottlenecked at the merge every morning.
bottleneck - Computer Definition
A lessening of throughput. It often refers to networks that are overloaded, which is caused by the inability of the hardware and transmission channels to support the traffic. It can also refer to a mismatch inside the computer where slower-speed peripheral buses and devices prevent the CPU from being used to its fullest capacity.
- You don't want people frustrated because you've become a bottleneck for decision-making; and you don't want to pay people for twiddling their thumbs while you try to decide.
- She did begin playing guitar at age eight, and she showed an early ability to play bottleneck guitar, but she was never focused on making a living in music.
- The only limit to actual bandwidth may be the bottleneck of the user's network card, which typically has a lower limit than the web hosting server.