- a narrow entrance or passageway.
- a place or stage in a process at which progress is impeded.
- Also called . a method of guitar playing that produces a gliding sound by pressing a metal bar or glass tube against the strings.
verb (used with object)
- to hamper or confine by or as if by a bottleneck.
verb (used without object)
- to become hindered by or as if by a bottleneck.
- a narrow stretch of road or a junction at which traffic is or may be held up
- the hold up
- something that holds up progress, esp of a manufacturing process
- the broken-off neck of a bottle placed over a finger and used to produce a buzzing effect in a style of guitar-playing originally part of the American blues tradition
- the style of guitar playing using a bottleneck
- (tr) US to be or cause an obstruction in
also bttle-neck, “narrow entrance, spot where traffic becomes congested,” 1896; from (n.) + (n.). Meaning “anything which obstructs a flow” is from 1922; the verb in this sense is from 1928.
- An abrupt and severe reduction in the number of individuals during the history of a species, resulting in the loss of diversity from the gene pool. The generations following the bottleneck are more genetically homogenous than would otherwise be expected. Bottlenecks often occur in consequence of a catastrophic event.
The point at which an industry or economic system has to slow its growth because one or more of its components cannot keep up with.