—n. 1. a portable container for holding liquids, characteristically having a neck and mouth and made of glass or plastic.
2. the contents of such a container; as much as such a container contains: a bottle of wine. 3. bottled cow's milk, milk formulas, or substitute mixtures given to infants instead of mother's milk: raised on the bottle. 4. hit the bottle,Slang.to drink alcohol to excess often or habitually.
5. the bottle,intoxicating beverages; liquor: He became addicted to the bottle.
—v.t. 1. to put into or seal in a bottle: to bottle grape juice. 2. Brit.to preserve (fruit or vegetables) by heating to a sufficient temperature and then sealing in a jar.
3. bottle up, a. to repress, control, or restrain: He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him. b. to enclose or entrap: Traffic was bottled up in the tunnel.