|1.||a. a vessel, often of glass and typically cylindrical with a narrow neck that can be closed with a cap or cork, for containing liquids|
|b. (as modifier): a bottle rack|
|2.||Also called: bottleful the amount such a vessel will hold|
|3.||a. a container equipped with a teat that holds a baby's milk or other liquid; nursing bottle|
|b. the contents of such a container: the baby drank his bottle|
|4.||short for magnetic bottle|
|5.||slang (Brit) nerve; courage (esp in the phrase lose one's bottle)|
|6.||slang (Brit) money collected by street entertainers or buskers|
|7.||slang (Austral) full bottle well-informed and enthusiastic about something|
|8.||informal the bottle drinking of alcohol, esp to excess|
|9.||to put or place (wine, beer, jam, etc) in a bottle or bottles|
|10.||to store (gas) in a portable container under pressure|
|11.||slang to injure by thrusting a broken bottle into (a person)|
|12.||slang (Brit) (of a busker) to collect money from the bystanders|
|[C14: from Old French botaille, from Medieval Latin butticula literally: a little cask, from Late Latin buttis cask, |
a vessel made of skins for holding wine (Josh. 9:4. 13; 1 Sam. 16:20; Matt. 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37, 38), or milk (Judg. 4:19), or water (Gen. 21:14, 15, 19), or strong drink (Hab. 2:15). Earthenware vessels were also similarly used (Jer. 19:1-10; 1 Kings 14:3; Isa. 30:14). In Job 32:19 (comp. Matt. 9:17; Luke 5:37, 38; Mark 2:22) the reference is to a wine-skin ready to burst through the fermentation of the wine. "Bottles of wine" in the Authorized Version of Hos. 7:5 is properly rendered in the Revised Version by "the heat of wine," i.e., the fever of wine, its intoxicating strength. The clouds are figuratively called the "bottles of heaven" (Job 38:37). A bottle blackened or shrivelled by smoke is referred to in Ps. 119:83 as an image to which the psalmist likens himself.
narrow-necked, rigid or semirigid container that is primarily used to hold liquids and semiliquids. It usually has a close-fitting stopper or cap to protect the contents from spills, evaporation, or contact with foreign substances.
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