AskDefine | Define bottleneck

Dictionary Definition

bottleneck n : a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel [syn: constriction, chokepoint]

Verb

1 slow down or impede by creating an obstruction; "His laziness has bottlenecked our efforts to reform the system"
2 become narrow, like a bottleneck; "Right by the bridge, the road bottlenecks"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From bottle + neck.

Noun

  1. the narrow portion that forms the pouring spout of a bottle; the neck of a bottle
  2. in traffic, any narrowing of the road, especially resulting in a delay
  3. any delay; part of a process that is too slow or cumbersome
    It is easy to create entries; processing the paperwork is the bottleneck.

Translations

neck of a bottle
narrowing of the road, especially resulting in a delay
any delay; part of a process that is too slow or cumbersome

Extensive Definition

Bottleneck literally refers to the top narrow part of a bottle. Figuratively, it may also refer:
bottleneck in German: Flaschenhals
bottleneck in French: Bottleneck
bottleneck in Korean: 병목
bottleneck in Italian: Bottleneck
bottleneck in Hebrew: צוואר בקבוק
bottleneck in Dutch: Bottleneck
bottleneck in Japanese: ボトルネック
bottleneck in Chinese: 瓶頸

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