bot|tle1 W2S1 [ˈbɔtl US ˈba:tl] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: bouteille, from Medieval Latin butticula, from Late Latin buttis 'wooden container for liquid']
a container with a narrow top for keeping liquids in, usually made of plastic or glass
an empty bottle
a wine/milk/beer etc bottle
bottle of
a bottle of champagne
2.) also bottleful
the amount of liquid that a bottle contains
Between us, we drank three bottles of wine.
a container for babies to drink from, with a rubber part on top that they suck, or the milk contained in this bottle
My first baby just wouldn't take a bottle at all.
4.) the bottle
alcoholic drink - used when talking about the problems drinking can cause
Peter let the bottle ruin his life.
hit the bottle
(=regularly drink too much)
She was under a lot of stress, and started hitting the bottle.
be on the bottle
BrE (=be drinking lot of alcohol regularly)
5.) [U] BrE informal courage to do something that is dangerous or unpleasant
= ↑nerve
I never thought she'd have the bottle to do it!
6.) bring a bottle
BrE bring your own bottle AmE
used when you invite someone to an informal party to tell them that they should bring their own bottle of alcoholic drink
bottle 2
bottle2 v [T]
1.) to put a liquid, especially wine or beer, into a bottle after you have made it
The whisky is bottled here before being sent abroad.
2.) BrE to put vegetables or fruit into special glass containers in order to preserve them
American Equivalent: can
bottle out phr v
also bottle it
to suddenly decide not to do something because you are frightened
= ↑cop out
'Did you tell him?' 'No, I bottled out at the last minute.'
bottle up [bottle sth<=>up] phr v
1.) to deliberately not allow yourself to show a strong feeling or emotion
It is far better to cry than to bottle up your feelings.
2.) to cause problems by delaying something
The bill has been bottled up in Congress.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Bottle — Bot tle, n. [OE. bote, botelle, OF. botel, bouteille, F. bouteille, fr. LL. buticula, dim. of butis, buttis, butta, flask. Cf. {Butt} a cask.] 1. A hollow vessel, usually of glass or earthenware (but formerly of leather), with a narrow neck or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • bottle — bottle1 [bät′ l] n. [ME botel < MFr botele < OFr < ML butticula, dim. of LL buttis, a cask] 1. a container, esp. for liquids, made of glass, plastic, etc. and having a relatively narrow neck 2. the amount that a bottle holds 3. milk from …   English World dictionary

  • Bottle — Bot tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bottled}p. pr. & vb. n. {Bottling}.] To put into bottles; to inclose in, or as in, a bottle or bottles; to keep or restrain as in a bottle; as, to bottle wine or porter; to bottle up one s wrath. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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