Definitions for bottleneckˈbɒt lˌnɛk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bot•tle•neckˈbɒt lˌnɛk(n.)

  1. a narrow passageway.

  2. a stage at which progress is impeded.

  3. a method of guitar playing that produces a gliding sound by pressing a metal bar or glass tube against the strings.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. (v.t.)to hamper or confine by or as if by a bottleneck.

  5. (v.i.)to become hindered by or as if by a bottleneck.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. constriction, bottleneck, chokepoint(noun)

    a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel

  2. bottleneck(verb)

    the narrow part of a bottle near the top

  3. bottleneck(verb)

    slow down or impede by creating an obstruction

    "His laziness has bottlenecked our efforts to reform the system"

  4. bottleneck(verb)

    become narrow, like a bottleneck

    "Right by the bridge, the road bottlenecks"


  1. bottleneck(Noun)

    The narrow portion that forms the pouring spout of a bottle; the neck of a bottle.

  2. bottleneck(Noun)

    In traffic, any narrowing of the road, especially resulting in a delay.

  3. bottleneck(Noun)

    Any delay; part of a process that is too slow or cumbersome.

  4. bottleneck(Verb)

    To slow by causing a bottleneck.

    The merge bottlenecked the traffic every morning.

  5. bottleneck(Verb)

    To form a bottleneck.

    The traffic bottlenecked at the merge every morning.


  1. Bottleneck

    A bottleneck is a phenomenon where the performance or capacity of an entire system is limited by a single or limited number of components or resources. The term bottleneck is taken from the 'assets are water' metaphor. As water is poured out of a bottle, the rate of outflow is limited by the width of the conduit of exit—that is, bottleneck. By increasing the width of the bottleneck one can increase the rate at which the water flows out of the neck at different frequencies. Such limiting components of a system are sometimes referred to as bottleneck points.

Translations for bottleneck

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a place where slowing down or stopping of traffic, progress etc occurs

a bottleneck caused by roadworks.

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