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bottleneck

bot·tle·neck

bottleneck

 
pronunciation:
ba tl nek
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb & intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: any narrow entrance or passageway.
The freeway entrance is a traffic bottleneck.
synonyms:
aisle, neck, passageway
similar words:
artery, channel, corridor, hall, hallway, stripe
definition 2: a stage in a process where progress is retarded or blocked.
The equipment failure caused a bottleneck in the assembly line.
synonyms:
blockage, obstruction
similar words:
slowdown, stoppage
definition 3: a style of guitar playing in which the neck of a bottle or a metal tube is slid up and down the strings.
similar words:
slide, steel guitar
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: bottlenecked, bottlenecking, bottlenecks
definition: to impede or confine, or be hindered, as by a bottleneck.
synonyms:
bar, block, clog, clot, hinder, impede
similar words:
congest, stick, trap