Definition of Bottleneck

1. Noun. A narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel.

Exact synonyms: Chokepoint, Constriction
Generic synonyms: Narrowing
Derivative terms: Constrict

2. Verb. Slow down or impede by creating an obstruction. "His laziness has bottlenecked our efforts to reform the system"

3. Noun. The narrow part of a bottle near the top.
Generic synonyms: Part, Portion

4. Verb. Become narrow, like a bottleneck. "Right by the bridge, the road bottlenecks"
Generic synonyms: Contract, Narrow

Definition of Bottleneck

1. Noun. The narrow portion that forms the pouring spout of a bottle; the neck of a bottle. ¹

2. Noun. In traffic, any narrowing of the road, especially resulting in a delay. ¹

3. Noun. Any delay; part of a process that is too slow or cumbersome. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To slow by causing a bottleneck. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To form a bottleneck. ¹

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Definition of Bottleneck

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bottleneck

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Literary usage of Bottleneck

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1. Mergers and Competition in the Telecommunications Industry: Congressional edited by Orrin G. Hatch (2000)
"THE LOOP bottleneck One of the most pernicious reasons that CLECs are forced to ... With respect to the "loop bottleneck," CLECs such as TCG would prefer ..."

2. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"Comment on bottleneck in eight or nine usage books—mostly British—can be traced to one man, Henry Strauss, ..."

3. Tolls on Interurban Road Infrastructure: An Economic Evaluation by ECMT Staff, Ecmt, (Bruxelles) Economic Research Centre, economics Round table on transport (2002)
"A general finding with capacity improvements is that congestion problems shift from one place in the network (a bottleneck such as a bridge or tunnel) to ..."

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