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.
  • intransitive v. to become narrower as one approaches a point; -- said of roads.
  • transitive v. same as obstruct.

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


bottle +‎ neck (Wiktionary)



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