from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A receptacle having a narrow neck, usually no handles, and a mouth that can be plugged, corked, or capped.
  • noun The quantity that a bottle holds.
  • noun A receptacle filled with milk or formula that is fed, as to babies, in place of breast milk.
  • noun Intoxicating liquor.
  • noun The practice of drinking large quantities of intoxicating liquor.
  • transitive verb To place in a bottle.
  • transitive verb To hold in; restrain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dwelling; a habitation: a word extant (as -bottle, -battle) only in some local English names, as Harbottle, Newbottle, Morbattle.
  • 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.
  • noun A quantity, as of hay or grass, tied or bundled up.
  • noun A hollow mouthed vessel of glass, wood, leather, or other material, for holding and carrying liquids.
  • noun The contents of a bottle; as much as a bottle contains: as, a bottle of wine or of porter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To put into bottles; to inclose in, or as in, a bottle or bottles; to keep or restrain as in a bottle.
  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. A bundle, esp. of hay.
  • noun A hollow vessel, usually of glass or earthenware (but formerly of leather), with a narrow neck or mouth, for holding liquids.
  • noun The contents of a bottle; as much as a bottle contains.
  • noun Fig.: Intoxicating liquor.
  • noun [Obs.] bottled ale.
  • noun a cylindrical brush for cleansing the interior of bottles.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a kind of deep-sea eel (Saccopharynx ampullaceus), remarkable for its baglike gullet, which enables it to swallow fishes two or three times its won size.
  • noun (Bot.) Same as Bluebottle.
  • noun a coarse, green glass, used in the manufacture of bottles.
  • noun (Bot.) the common gourd or calabash (Lagenaria Vulgaris), whose shell is used for bottles, dippers, etc.
  • noun (Bot.) a nutritious fodder grass (Setaria glauca and Setaria viridis); -- called also foxtail, and green foxtail.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the European long-tailed titmouse; -- so called from the shape of its nest.
  • noun (Bot.) an Australian tree (Sterculia rupestris), with a bottle-shaped, or greatly swollen, trunk.
  • noun a bottle with a rubber nipple (generally with an intervening tube), used in feeding infants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the quantity contained in a bottle
  • noun 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
  • verb store (liquids or gases) in bottles
  • verb put into bottles
  • noun 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

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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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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