What does bottleneck mean?

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ˈbɒt lˌnɛkbot·tle·neck

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. constriction, bottleneck, chokepointnoun

    a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel

  2. bottleneckverb

    the narrow part of a bottle near the top

  3. bottleneckverb

    slow down or impede by creating an obstruction

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

  4. bottleneckverb

    become narrow, like a bottleneck

    "Right by the bridge, the road bottlenecks"


  1. bottlenecknoun

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

  2. bottlenecknoun

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

  3. bottlenecknoun

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

  4. bottleneckverb

    To slow by causing a bottleneck.

    The merge bottlenecked the traffic every morning.

  5. bottleneckverb

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bottleneck in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bottleneck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bottleneck in a Sentence

  1. Migrant Minister Yannis Mouzalas:

    When there is a bottleneck, the bottle could break, and where we had a controlled movement of individuals ... a broken bottle could result in an uncontrolled, illegal influx.

  2. Sune Gudnitz:

    The challenge of getting things out, whether it's people or goods, remains. We want to avoid creating a bottleneck in Port Vila so we very quickly need to work out a plan for getting things out.

  3. Yoshio Ito:

    We just don't want to be a bottleneck.

  4. Joerg Kuhbier:

    Should the access to networks become a bottleneck again, then cuts to production costs, which is the aim of introducing more competition, would be unnecessarily hindered.

  5. Alan Chiang:

    If China's urbanization was growing at its planned rate there would not be any (housing) oversupply. The main bottleneck for China's urbanization is the issue of hukou.

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  • тар урын, шешә ауыҙыBashkir
  • flaskehalsDanish
  • Flaschenhals, Engpass, EngstelleGerman
  • συμφόρησηςGreek
  • cuello de botella, gollete, cuello, boquerón, garganta, embotellamientoSpanish
  • pullonkaula, ruuhkautua, ruuhkauttaaFinnish
  • tête de bouteille, goulot, goulet d’étranglement, goulot de bouteilleFrench
  • scrogall buidéil, caolas tráchta, scrogall, bac, scrogall tráchtaIrish
  • ボトルネック, 瓶の首, ネック, 隘路Japanese
  • cerutan, kejejalanMalay
  • flaskehalsNorwegian
  • flessenhalsDutch
  • flaskehalsNorwegian Nynorsk
  • gargaloPortuguese
  • [[горлышко]] [[бутылка, горлышко, пробка, дефиле, затор, [[узкий, сужение, [[узкий ]] [[проход]]Russian
  • грлић, usko grlo, suženje, grlić, уско грло, сужењеSerbo-Croatian
  • flaskhalsSwedish
  • вузьке місцеUkrainian

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