from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A receptacle having a narrow neck, usually no handles, and a mouth that can be plugged, corked, or capped.
  • n. The quantity that a bottle holds.
  • n. A receptacle filled with milk or formula that is fed, as to babies, in place of breast milk.
  • n. Informal Intoxicating liquor: Don't take to the bottle.
  • n. Informal The practice of drinking large quantities of intoxicating liquor: Her problem is the bottle.
  • transitive v. To place in a bottle.
  • transitive v. To hold in; restrain: bottled up my emotions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dwelling; habitation.
  • n. A building; house.
  • n. A container, typically made of glass and having a tapered neck, used for holding liquids.
  • n. The contents of such a container.
  • n. A container with a rubber nipple used for giving liquids to infants
  • n. Nerve, courage.
  • n. With one's hair color produced by dyeing.
  • n. A bundle, especially of hay; something tied in a bundle.
  • v. To seal (a liquid) into a bottle for later consumption.
  • v. To feed (an infant) baby formula.
  • v. To refrain from doing (something) at the last moment because of a sudden loss of courage.
  • v. To strike (someone) with a bottle.
  • v. To pelt (a musical act on stage, etc.) with bottles as a sign of disapproval.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hollow vessel, usually of glass or earthenware (but formerly of leather), with a narrow neck or mouth, for holding liquids.
  • n. The contents of a bottle; as much as a bottle contains.
  • n. Fig.: Intoxicating liquor.
  • n. A bundle, esp. of hay.
  • transitive v. To put into bottles; to inclose in, or as in, a bottle or bottles; to keep or restrain as in a bottle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put into bottles for the purpose of preserving or of storing away: as, to bottle wine or porter.
  • To store up as in a bottle; preserve as if by bottling; shut in or hold back (colloq. “cork up”), as anger or other strong feeling: usually with up.
  • n. A dwelling; a habitation: a word extant (as -bottle, -battle) only in some local English names, as Harbottle, Newbottle, Morbattle.
  • n. A hollow mouthed vessel of glass, wood, leather, or other material, for holding and carrying liquids.
  • n. The contents of a bottle; as much as a bottle contains: as, a bottle of wine or of porter.
  • n. A quantity, as of hay or grass, tied or bundled up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quantity contained in a bottle
  • n. 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
  • v. store (liquids or gases) in bottles
  • v. put into bottles
  • n. 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English botel, from Old French botele, from Medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis, cask.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bottle, botle, buttle, from Old English botl, bold ("abode, house, dwelling-place, mansion, hall, castle, temple"), from Proto-Germanic *budlan, *buþlan, *bōdlan, *bōþlan (“house, dwelling, farm”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhōw- (“to swell, grow, thrive, be, live, dwell”). Cognate with North Frisian budel, bodel, bol, boel ("dwelling, inheritable property"), Dutch boedel, boel ("inheritance, estate"), Danish bol ("farm"), Icelandic ból ("dwelling, abode, farm, lair"). Related to Old English byldan ("to build, construct"). More at build.

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Anglo-Norman and Old French boteille (Modern French bouteille), from Vulgar Latin *botticula, ultimately of disputed origin. Probably a diminutive of Late Latin buttis.



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