A bottle is a small, cylindrical container that contains liquids or food. It can be made of glass, aluminium, or plastic. They typically hold beer, soft drinks, water, and medicine. These containers are designed for easy dispensing, and are often lightweight. Plastic bottles can have recessed label panels to protect the labels during shipping.
The term “bottle” comes from the Middle English word bottel, meaning nerve or building. It was originally used to refer to the nerve of a buttle. In modern French it is referred to as a boteille. From the 19th century, the word was also used to refer to the nerve or the nervous system.
When it comes to bottle architecture, a rounded shape can reduce the fatigue of dispensing. It can also make it easier to stack. Traditionally, a burgundy bottle has straight sides and tapered sides. However, it is not always necessary to have a round shape. Many bottles, such as champagne, are made of heavier construction.
Finishes can be divided into two parts: the neck and the base. Both have important qualities, and understanding how they relate can help you choose the right bottle for the application you have in mind.
Bottle caps and lids must fit correctly to prevent evaporation, as well as to stop leaks and dangerous spills. This requires the correct size and shape of the closure. An appropriate design can also prevent scratches during handling, or help mask abrasions on the high points of the bottle.
A bottle is generally made from one piece, but some bottles have parts that are not joined. For example, the neck may be recessed to protect the labels from being ripped during shipping.
Other parts of a bottle are the body, rim, and heel. Each of these parts has its own definition, depending on the context. Usually, the term “body” is used to refer to the main content of the bottle, while the terms “rim” and “heel” are used to describe the parts that are visible from the top. If you are interested in learning more about the body of a bottle, visit the Bottle Body page.
The shoulder is a transition zone between the neck and the body. The neck is above the shoulder and usually terminates at the bottom of the finish. Depending on the context, a rim may be used to mean the entire top of the finish. Similarly, a heel is the lowest part of the bottle.
The lip is the uppermost part of a finish. Some use the word to refer to the whole finish, while others consider the lip only the upper part of the finish. On some bottles, the rim and the neck are the only parts that are not jointed, and the lip is used as shorthand to describe the entire finish.
To make it easier to understand how these different parts work together, you can check out a chart or a drawing. Having a visual reference is helpful when you are choosing the right bottle for the job.