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bottle +‎ neck


bottleneck (plural bottlenecks)

  1. The narrow portion that forms the pouring spout of a bottle; the neck of a bottle.
  2. (figuratively) In traffic, any narrowing of the road, especially resulting in a delay.
  3. (by extension) The part of a process that is too slow or cumbersome.
    It is easy to create entries; processing the paperwork is the bottleneck.
    The bottleneck in this computer program is the inefficient sorting process; we should replace it with a faster one.

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bottleneck (third-person singular simple present bottlenecks, present participle bottlenecking, simple past and past participle bottlenecked)

  1. (transitive) To slow by causing a bottleneck.
    The merge bottlenecked the traffic every morning.
  2. (intransitive) To form a bottleneck.
    The traffic bottlenecked at the merge every morning.


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