What does bottle mean?

Definitions for bottle
ˈbɒt lbot·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bottlenoun

    a glass or plastic vessel used for storing drinks or other liquids; typically cylindrical without handles and with a narrow neck that can be plugged or capped

  2. bottle, bottlefulnoun

    the quantity contained in a bottle

  3. bottle, feeding bottle, nursing bottleverb

    a vessel fitted with a flexible teat and filled with milk or formula; used as a substitute for breast feeding infants and very young children

  4. bottleverb

    store (liquids or gases) in bottles

  5. bottleverb

    put into bottles

    "bottle the mineral water"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bottle

    is often compounded with other words;

    Sam, who is a very good bottle-companion, has been the diversion of his friends. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 89.

  2. BOTTLEnoun

    Etymology: bouteille, Fr.

    The shepherd’s homely curds,
    His cold thin drink out of his leather bottle,
    Is far beyond a prince’s delicates. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    Many have a manner, after other men’s speech, to shake their heads. A great officer would say, it was as men shake a bottle, to see if there was any wit in their heads, or no. Francis Bacon.

    Then if thy ale in glass thou wouldst confine,
    Let thy clean bottle be entirely dry. William King, Molly of Mount.

    He threw into the enemy’s ships earthen bottles filled with serpents, which put the crew in disorder, and made them fly. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Sir, you shall stay, and take t’ other bottle. Spect. №. 462.

    Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle of hay; good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dream.

    But I should wither in one day, and pass
    To a lock of hay, that am a bottle of grass. John Donne.

  3. To Bottleverb

    To inclose in bottles.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    You may have it a most excellent cyder royal, to drink or to bottle. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    When a hogshead of wine is to be bottled off, wash your bottles immediately before you begin; but be sure not to drain them. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Butler.


  1. Bottle

    A bottle is a narrow-necked container made of an impermeable material (such as glass, plastic or aluminium) in various shapes and sizes that stores and transports liquids. Its mouth, at the bottling line, can be sealed with an internal stopper, an external bottle cap, a closure, or induction sealing.


  1. bottle

    A container typically made of glass, plastic, or metal with a narrow neck and a cap or stopper, used for storing and transporting liquids. It often has a specific shape and design, such as a narrow cylindrical body and a wider base, enabling easy handling and pouring of liquid contents. Bottles can range in size and serve various purposes, including holding beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, or household products.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bottlenoun

    a hollow vessel, usually of glass or earthenware (but formerly of leather), with a narrow neck or mouth, for holding liquids

  2. Bottlenoun

    the contents of a bottle; as much as a bottle contains; as, to drink a bottle of wine

  3. Bottlenoun

    fig.: Intoxicating liquor; as, to drown one's reason in the bottle

  4. Bottleverb

    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

  5. Bottlenoun

    a bundle, esp. of hay


  1. Bottle

    A bottle is a rigid container with a neck that is narrower than the body and a "mouth". By contrast, a jar or jug has a relatively large mouth or opening which may be as wide as the overall container. Bottles are often made of glass, clay, plastic, aluminum or other impervious materials, and typically used to store liquids such as water, milk, soft drinks, beer, wine, cooking oil, medicine, shampoo, ink, and chemicals. A device applied in the bottling line to seal the mouth of a bottle is termed an external bottle cap, closure, or internal stopper. A bottle can also be sealed by a conductive "innerseal" by using induction sealing. The bottle has developed over millennia of use, with some of the earliest examples appearing in China, Phoenicia, Rome and Crete. The Chinese used bottles to store liquids. Bottles are often recycled according to the SPI recycling code for the material. Some regions have a legally mandated deposit which is refunded after returning the bottle to the retailer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bottle

    bot′l, n. a bundle of hay.—To look for a needle in a bottle of hay, to engage in a hopeless search. [O. Fr. botel.]

  2. Bottle

    bot′l, n. a hollow vessel for holding liquids: the contents of such a vessel: the habit of drinking.—v.t. to enclose in bottles.—n. Bott′le-chart, one which purports to show the track of sealed bottles thrown from ships into the sea.—p.adj. Bott′led, enclosed in bottles: shaped or protuberant like a bottle: kept in restraint.—ns. Bott′le-glass, a coarse green glass used in the making of bottles; Bott′le-gourd, or False Calabash, a climbing, musky-scented Indian annual, whose fruit is shaped like a bottle, an urn, or a club.—adjs. Bott′le-green, dark green in colour, like bottle-glass.—Bott′le-head, Bott′le-nosed, having a rounded prominent head, with a short snout, as a certain genus of whale.—ns. Bott′le-hold′er, one who attends upon a boxer at a prize-fight, a backer or supporter generally; Bott′le-imp, an imp supposed to be confined in a bottle; Bott′le-wash′er, one whose business it is to wash out the bottles, a factotum generally.—A three-bottle man, one who could drink three bottles without losing his decorum.—To bottle off, to draw from the cask and put into bottles; To bottle up (one's wrath, &c.), to keep enclosed as in a bottle; To bring up on the bottle, to rear an infant artificially rather than by the breast; To pass the bottle, to make the drink go round; To pass the bottle of smoke, to acquiesce in some falsehood, to make pretence. [O. Fr. bouteille, dim. of botte, a vessel for liquids—Low L. butis, a vessel.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bottle

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The bottle of perfume smells very beautiful that her husband bought for her.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bottle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2730

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bottle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1350

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bottle' in Nouns Frequency: #781

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bottle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bottle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of bottle in a Sentence

  1. Carol Burnett:

    That was Carrie’s favorite flower, she had one tattooed on her right shoulder. Then at dinner the matre d’ gave us a bottle of champagne, and the label said ‘ Louise. ’ That was Carrie’s middle name. Then it rained on opening night. Carrie and I were nuts for the rain.

  2. Harish Janartha:

    The situation has forced tourists to buy water at exorbitant prices. A 20-rupee-bottle of water is being charged 100 rupees ($1.49).

  3. Rick Silverberg:

    It makes no sense to me that you can walk up to a bar anywhere you want and go up and down the amount of shots you want to pound and then go back outside, but I can't sell to a resident a bottle of wine that they want to have with dinner.

  4. Melissa Etheridge:

    My children have a very clear understanding of cannabis, when I hold it without shame or confusion, then they can understand it as simple as if I was pointing to a bottle of Percocet and said, ‘That’s Mama’s medicine.’ You take the naughtiness out of it, and it’s not something that kids run to.

  5. Philippe Jeandet:

    I'm sure there are people that are ready to spend a lot of money to have the privilege of saying to their friends, 'I put on the table a bottle that has been aged 10 years at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea,'.

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