from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A narrow or obstructed section, as of a highway or a pipeline.
- n. A point or an area of traffic congestion.
- n. A hindrance to progress or production.
- n. The narrow part of a bottle near the top.
- n. Music A style of guitar playing in which an object, such as a piece of glass or metal, is passed across the strings to achieve a gliding sound.
- transitive v. To slow down or impede by creating an obstruction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The narrow portion that forms the pouring spout of a bottle; the neck of a bottle.
- n. In traffic, any narrowing of the road, especially resulting in a delay.
- n. Any delay; part of a process that is too slow or cumbersome.
- v. To slow by causing a bottleneck.
- v. To form a bottleneck.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- a location or situation in which otherwise rapid progress is impeded.
- a point at which road traffic slows due to congestion or narrowing of the roadway.
- an impasse.
- a narrowing.
- transitive v. same as obstruct.
- intransitive v. to become narrower as one approaches a point; -- said of roads.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. slow down or impede by creating an obstruction
- n. the narrow part of a bottle near the top
- v. become narrow, like a bottleneck
- n. a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
Transferring large files over the network to another computer or NAS would be noticeably slower but accessing the Internet will still seem “fast” as the bottleneck is the Internet connection, not this 2nd AP link.
Renowned evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson has propounded what he terms the bottleneck theory: that maximum pressure on the natural world will occur this century as human population peaks, after which a declining human population will supposedly ease that pressure.
"This is a concentration point; it's what we call a bottleneck," says Bob Petitt, president of the migration observatory at nearby Holiday Beach Conservation Area.
In terms of shooting at high-value targets, the bottleneck is intelligence.
The main bottleneck, says David Kohn, Waterstone's "head of commerce", is that there are not enough e-books out there.
I share the writer's speculation that most of these drivers are rush-hour veterans, people who should realize the best way for motorists to ease a bottleneck is to cooperate rather than compete.
One cause of the bottleneck is that the Pantex plant is the only NNSA facility that can assemble and dismantle nuclear weapons.
This becomes, quite literally, the main bottleneck to my vocal production.
The bottleneck is the exercise of sovereignty - the right of a nation to operate within its 'borders as it sees fit.
"Ironically, we have the panels and personnel to complete your job, it is only the lease financing that remains a short-term bottleneck, and we do expect to solve that problem soon,"