Definition of bottle in English:

bottle

noun

  • 1A container, typically made of glass or plastic and with a narrow neck, used for storing drinks or other liquids.

    ‘a bottle of soda pop’
    • ‘Mr Short says Barnfield accepts Christmas trees, cardboard boxes and electrical appliances, along with glass bottles and drink cans.’
    • ‘The cleaned sand is stored in labelled glass bottles identifying the location where it was found.’
    • ‘This means that all newspapers, cardboard and plastic drinks bottles can now be easily disposed of, instead of having these items dumped in landfill sites.’
    • ‘However, in recent years more and more shops have started selling drinks in plastic bottles instead of cans.’
    • ‘Glass and plastic bottles now speed along conveyor belts as creams and liquids are pumped and squirted before lids are fixed and tightened.’
    • ‘A field of Glasgow's finest waiters had to make two laps of the square while carrying a tray, two bottles and glasses.’
    • ‘He sits down behind a desk and takes a drink of pink liquid from his plastic bottle.’
    • ‘Councillors are expect to give the green light to increasing the number of properties from which it collects plastic bottles, glass, cans and paper, in a fortnightly collection.’
    • ‘The ban will make it a criminal offence to drink from bottles and glasses outside licensed premises and will come into force from Thursday, April 17, the day before Good Friday.’
    • ‘The reason for this change in procedure is that the council is now able to send glass and plastic bottles and aluminium and steel cans to a plant in Darwen where they are mechanically separated.’
    • ‘Fans inside the Arena had started pelting each other with plastic beer glasses and bottles, and the concert was temporarily halted.’
    • ‘Then there's the matter of plastic bottles and glass bottles.’
    • ‘Do not store poisons in drink bottles, glasses, or jars.’
    • ‘The bag ripped open and glass beer bottles began rolling into the street.’
    • ‘There's been a lot of talk about whether it's safe to drink out of plastic bottles.’
    • ‘For the rest of the year, the beach is a disgrace, covered in plastic bottles, broken glass, old tyres and all sorts of unmentionables.’
    • ‘She did as she was told and trotted off into the kitchen and she looked around for a glass bottle containing a colorless liquid.’
    • ‘Rinse out drink cans and plastic bottles before putting them in recycling bin instead of burying them under a load of old newspapers.’
    • ‘The Manchester Evening News launched a campaign three years ago to promote the use of toughened glass and plastic bottles in nightspots.’
    • ‘Now, only my glass and plastic bottles are collected while the other items with the recycling logo are left behind with a yellow sticker telling me these items are not recyclable.’
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    1. 1.1The contents of a bottle.
      ‘he managed to put away a bottle of wine’
      • ‘We chose a bottle of Chablis to accompany, finding its medium texture to work with both the white and red meat.’
      • ‘At the end of my experiment, I sat back and nursed a battered palate with a bottle of Spanish cava in an attempt to drive out the demons which had possessed my mouth a short time ago.’
      • ‘We've got a bottle of 12-year malt just begging to be tested if you'd like to join us.’
      • ‘After consuming almost everything there the hall bar's stocks of Bacardi Breezers, Smirnoff Ices and a bottle of Jack Daniels were also raided.’
      • ‘For example, the alcoholic content of a bottle of wine must be indicated and also its origin and where the wine was bottled.’
      • ‘It being the longest day of the year, I suppose I should have been celebrating some arcane shamanic ritual, but I just put my foot up and finished the remains of a bottle of schnapps.’
      • ‘We got through a bottle of St Emellion, which doesn't really go with Indian food, but fortified us for the drama ahead.’
      • ‘I just remembered, I've got a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red label to sink tonight.’
      • ‘For a while we sat on tree stumps next to the grain storage barn, talking with her parents and passing around a bottle of her father's homemade rakia to keep our blood flowing.’
      • ‘You can check this by sampling a bottle of Bollinger's Vieilles Vignes (ungrafted old vines) against a bottle made from their grafted vines.’
      • ‘And I did exactly what any teenager would do after several pints of yokel-strength scrumpy and half a bottle of Russian paint-stripper.’
      • ‘He made the announcement this morning, saying he made the decision over a bottle of Chardonnay at the weekend after he and wife Helena had decided his time had come to move on.’
      • ‘She is a self-hating woman who is desperate for the love of her husband, and when it is not returned, she turns to a bottle of whiskey for consolation.’
    2. 1.2informal Used in reference to heavy drinking.
      ‘more women are taking to the bottle’
      • ‘Fans and family of Mr Howson should take heart; far from seeking solace in the bottle, the strongest stuff he is currently imbibing is tea.’
      • ‘Reading the Government's plans to liberalise the licensing laws could be enough to make anybody turn to the bottle.’
      • ‘As a result, the villagers turn to the bottle, drinking to forget how dreary their lives are.’
      • ‘More Britons than ever are 'turning to the bottle' to relieve stress - and half the nation isn't sleeping or is grumpy due to stress.’
      • ‘The minimum age of boys taking to the bottle in The State has fallen to as low as 13.5 years.’
    3. 1.3A bottle fitted with a nipple for giving milk or other drinks to babies and very young children.
      ‘a bottle of formula’
      • ‘I had only just stopped weaning my baby off bottle milk and this has left us all very shocked.’
      • ‘She no longer had to be guided to the bottle's nipple, grabbing it expertly and with gusto.’
      • ‘But they fed her milk from a baby's bottle and she has blossomed.’
      • ‘It's not harmful, unless you attach a nipple to the bottle of solution and force feed it to your pet.’
      • ‘Rubbing the bottle's nipple temptingly against his mouth didn't help.’
      • ‘As you introduce the bottle's nipple to the Shih Tzu puppy's mouth, move your legs slightly, jiggling your lap.’
      • ‘Do not add sugar or put sugary drinks in a baby's bottle.’
      • ‘That's because Manas is only two years old and still drinks milk from a bottle.’
      • ‘Who knew drinking out of a baby bottle could be so much fun?’
      • ‘Sadly, Andre seems to be sick and won't even drink milk from a bottle.’
      • ‘Babies who go to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice are more likely to get tooth decay.’
      • ‘Spending extra on a bottle and nipples in order to get the correct mouthfeel and traces of rubber would be out of the question.’
      • ‘I fumbled in his baby bag for his bottle and formula before asking a flight attendant for a cup of warm water.’
      • ‘She's putting on weight like a normal baby and taking milk from a bottle.’
      • ‘Remember to give young children a bottle, a lollipop, or a piece of gum when the plane takes off and lands.’
      • ‘Her theory is that the patient must wear diapers, suck his thumb and drink from a baby bottle to be cured.’
      • ‘The illustration on the formula can depicted one scoop being added to one baby bottle - which is just what the parents did!’
      • ‘Chris sat on the leg rest in front of me and watched as I gave Caitlyn the nipple of the bottle.’
      • ‘They will generally signal an interest in solid foods by biting the bottle nipple or showing an interest in licking milk or formula from a finger.’
      • ‘The baby was dressed in a clean shirt and a fresh diaper and there was a bottle of baby's milk nearby.’
    4. 1.4A large metal cylinder holding liquefied gas.
      • ‘We were in a metal box with gas bottles, connected to an electrical hook-up point.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Place (drinks or other liquid) in bottles or jars.

    ‘the wine is then bottled’
    ‘bottled beer’
    • ‘However, the largest producers of those are hotels and bars, because the great majority of drinks are bottled.’
    • ‘In the ice chips lay several types of canned and bottled beverages: water, fruit juice, soda and wine for any adults.’
    • ‘People gather to drink both traditional and bottled beer.’
    • ‘As required by Vietnamese law, the soft drink giants would have to enter into joint ventures in order to bottle soft drinks locally.’
    • ‘My aunt was not home and just as we were turning to leave, her neighbour helped us out by letting us in and bottling mineral water for us from her home.’
    • ‘In Athy, he traded in tea, groceries, fuel, wine and spirits, as well as bottling his own stout, bonding his own whiskey and manufacturing and bottling mineral water.’
    • ‘Children who drink bottled water may be putting their teeth at risk because they are missing out on fluoride in their tap water, researchers claim.’
    • ‘He's president of a company that bottles water and cooking oil.’
    • ‘Up until that point, the business owners made and bottled their drinks after hours at a friend's restaurant.’
    • ‘Only children living in nonfluoridated areas or children who drink only nonfluoridated bottled water should receive supplements.’
    • ‘Put on a pot of spiced cider for drinks and have bottled water in the fridge.’
    • ‘Only water that has been properly treated with chlorine and other disinfectants should be consumed and to be on safer side bottled water is highly recommended.’
    • ‘But the star attraction - cask beer and bottled ale at sensible prices - had never changed.’
    • ‘I met former farmers bottling mineral water, felling trees, selling cigarettes to Angola and manufacturing cooking oil.’
    • ‘Avis had never seen Jeff drink anything besides bottled domestic beer.’
    • ‘If circumstances allow, at a party or ceremony, grilled chicken, soft drinks, and bottled beer are served and consumed in liberal amounts.’
    • ‘It cannot be detected until the wine has been bottled and the liquid comes into contact with the cork.’
    • ‘Even today many no longer drink tap water; bottled mineral water is the fashion.’
    • ‘It seems the 18-to - 30 age group is switching its allegiance to bottled beer and whisky.’
    • ‘If you are a wine drinker looking for a change, try bottled beer rather than canned.’
    1. 1.1Store (gas) in a container in liquefied form.
      ‘connecting the bottled gas to the stove’
      • ‘Here the air is so thin that bottled oxygen is at hand in case construction workers faint.’
      • ‘Jackson and three companions plan to climb K2 without bottled oxygen, but it is the descent that is most tricky.’
      • ‘So, the Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achutanandan, may have hit the nail on the head when he said that we might even see air being bottled and sold eventually.’
      • ‘In order to safely move bottled oxygen and other supplies up to high camps, Sherpas put in fixed ropes.’
      • ‘And air is not something that can be packaged or bottled.’
      • ‘Energy Minister Fran Logan says the price of bottled gas dropped when an inquiry into pricing in regional areas was taking place.’
      • ‘The company is run from premises on Tennyson Street, where the gas is bottled and distributed.’
      • ‘With holds up to 35 feet off the deck, Iowa residents may want to consider bottled oxygen.’
      • ‘At the time, most physicians and climbers accepted that humans could not survive above 8,600m without bottled oxygen.’
      • ‘It contained air bottled on the breezy slopes of Helvellyn.’

Phrases

  • hit the bottle

    • informal Begin to drink heavily.

      • ‘Will Jackson lose his chance at regaining the trust of his family, or will he go back to hitting the bottle?’
      • ‘Gerald soon finds himself driven back to his old habits, hitting the bottle and using sleazy journalistic tactics in a desperate search for the answers surrounding his ill-fated apartment building.’
      • ‘Word had reached me that he was going through a bad patch, hitting the bottle and living in a hostel for the homeless.’
      • ‘She was also hitting the bottle enthusiastically, believing she had been ‘misdiagnosed’ by the Priory.’
      • ‘The significant jump in the number of women who are dying from alcohol-related illness proves that more and more women are hitting the bottle.’
      • ‘‘It was like an alcoholic hitting the bottle again,’ Raihala said.’
      • ‘Barton Peveril's students are putting across a message which they hope will make other teenagers sit up and think about the perils of hitting the bottle.’
      • ‘The star has had a troubled time in the last few months after reportedly hitting the bottle again.’
      • ‘And I've been hitting the bottle in the evenings to help me get by.’
      • ‘She suffered from manic depression, and when she died after a long illness, Bellany - always fond of the drink - hit the bottle with venom.’
      drink, swallow, guzzle, slurp, attack, down, drink down, drink up, force down, get down, finish off, polish off, drain, empty, imbibe, have, take, partake of, ingest, consume, sup, sip, lap
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Phrasal Verbs

  • bottle someone up

    • Keep (someone) trapped or contained.

      ‘he had to stay bottled up in New York’
      • ‘Not only did the injury keep him out of five games, it also forced him to take on too many offensive linemen when making plays, and he was bottled up in the process.’
      • ‘But Mnguni is not taking chances with the wayward fighter and has bottled him up at his home in Vincent to monitor him.’
      • ‘Your friendly neighborhood multilateralist thinks it can be bottled up, buried in bureaucracy, bogged down in red tape.’
      • ‘I do not recall how many of Clinton's nominees were bottled up in committee or blue slipped, but I am quite confident that none of them were filibustered.’
      • ‘What about those little regional department stores that have been bought up and bottled up?’
      • ‘Alongside him, Denis Glennon drifted outfield but Dublin bottled him up wherever he went, limiting him to just a point.’
      • ‘Instead, let's actually spend some money (rather than bottling it up in committee) on research, because you never know what you'll find.’
      • ‘They've bottled us up so that when the forces of the walled city arrive, we'll have no escape.’
      • ‘Labour-hungry commercial farmers would benefit, as workers would be bottled up in the rural areas.’
      • ‘David Brennan was bottled up in the right corner but managed to get the ball back across the goal.’
  • bottle something up

    • Repress or conceal feelings over a period of time.

      ‘learning how to express anger instead of bottling it up’
      ‘Lily's bottled-up fury’
      • ‘It's often a huge relief to children to have this silence broken and able to share their thoughts and feelings instead of bottling them up.’
      • ‘He had been a normal, healthy, happy young man, but afterwards he did not seek help for his mental problems and bottled things up.’
      • ‘Venting feelings is better than bottling them up.’
      • ‘You know how self-criticism and bottling things up affects your well-being, so be kind and gentle to yourself this week.’
      • ‘I wanted him to tell me when he was upset and talk about it, instead of bottling it up and getting withdrawn and treating me like a distant relative or seriously platonic friend.’
      • ‘You can't hide your true feelings, because if you bottle them up then they will get out somehow.’
      • ‘I mean, venting is better than bottling it up, right?’
      • ‘She said of her husband: ‘He would sometimes discuss problems and sometimes bottle them up.’’
      • ‘When he was irritated, he swallowed it down and bottled it up, and even when he had little reason to be so, he would still always be polite to those who didn't deserve it.’
      • ‘You can't bottle them up inside, because they explode like a volcano.’
      suppress, repress, restrain, withhold, keep back, keep in check, keep in, hold in, rein in, bite back, choke back, swallow, fight back, curb, inhibit, smother, stifle, contain, shut in, conceal, hide
      keep a lid on, cork up, button up
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a leather bottle): from Old French boteille, from medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of late Latin buttis cask, wineskin (see butt).

Pronunciation:

bottle

/ˈbädl/