• WordNet 3.6
    • v bottleneck become narrow, like a bottleneck "Right by the bridge, the road bottlenecks"
    • v bottleneck slow down or impede by creating an obstruction "His laziness has bottlenecked our efforts to reform the system"
    • n bottleneck the narrow part of a bottle near the top
    • n bottleneck a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
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In literature:

This time, the dish is a magnificent Aesculapius' snake, a yard and a half long and as thick as a wide bottleneck.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
To reach the river they must pass through the Bottleneck and over the farm belonging to Old Man Plumm.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
It was the bottleneck that was slowing everything down to a crawl ... but they knew that.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
There was very little question as to the bottleneck here.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
The flow of information was being blocked by bottlenecks that suddenly existed where there had never been bottlenecks before.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Obviously, a thousand bottlenecks appeared.
"Expediter" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
We have our bottleneck.
"Evil Out of Onzar" by Mark Ganes

In poetry:

But still he seem’d to carry weight,
With leathern girdle braced;
For all might see the bottlenecks
Still dangling at his waist.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper

In news:

Measure R - the half-cent sales tax increase approved in 2008 - was sold to frustrated motorists in Los Angeles County as relief for highway bottlenecks and progress for regional transit.
Two off-duty cops, hired as doormen, hold the line until the bottleneck at the front loosens.
Measuring and analyzing service bottlenecks improved the Army’s reputation with veterans.
An ambitious effort to build a private railway under Andean peaks aims to end the bottleneck.
He also noted that Walmart has agreed to changes designed to prevent bottlenecks.
Bottleneck stems from need to review each claim by hand.
Contrary to popular belief, successfully streaming AV over IP networks isn't so much a question of bandwidth as it is one of identifying bottlenecks in advance.
It's not just the mining industry that suffers under a bureaucratic bottleneck.
One car slid off the road on Highway 54 westbound near Holt's Summit, causing traffic to bottleneck to one lane for a short time.
Thousands of commuters will be relieved to know road construction at two major area bottlenecks is at an end.
The bottleneck can form at the intersection of Center Street and SR-138 heading to Grantsville.
Hospital Ships, Pale Hearts and Monsoon Lazer this Friday at the Bottleneck.
The Gaslight Anthem, last night at the Bottleneck.
Apple's iPad mini made a splash during yesterday's unveiling, and is expected to create a shipment bottleneck when it debuts next week.
As the herpes virus spreads and produces cold sores on the skin, it goes through a "bottleneck" of sorts — which could mean the virus is vulnerable to treatments at this stage, a new study suggests.

In science:

Crystallographers are now solving the three-dimensional structure of proteins at the rate of one or more per day. A bottleneck is the difficulty of growing high-quality crystals for X-ray analysis.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
This bottleneck, path P which divides the system in two parts: sites connected to the sink and sites connected to the source, is the global minimum cut of the graph and the sum of the capacities belonging to the cut PP cij equals the maximum flow, and is smaller than of any other path cutting the system.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
This kind of bottleneck is what the quantum-physics-based theory predicts: the bottleneck is precisely the single linear sequence of mind-brain quantum events that von Neumann-Wigner quantum theory is built upon.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Pashler [p. 279] describes four empirical signatures for this kind of bottleneck, and describes the experimental confirmation of each of them.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Pashler [p. 308] notes that the bottleneck is undiminished in split-brain patients performing two tasks that, at the level of input and output, seem to be confined to different hemispheres.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature