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Noun: bottleneck  'bó-t(u)l,nek
  1. A narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
    - constriction, chokepoint
     
  2. The narrow part of a bottle near the top
Verb: bottleneck  'bó-t(u)l,nek
  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"

Derived forms: bottlenecked, bottlenecking, bottlenecks

Type of: block, blockade, contract, embarrass, hinder, narrow, narrowing, neck, obstruct, part, portion, stymie, stymy

Encyclopedia: Bottleneck