What’s in a Bottle?

A receptacle (usually glass) in which drinks and other liquids are kept. It has a narrow neck, no handles, and a mouth that can be plugged or corked. Also known as a flask and, in the United States, a soda bottle.

A large container used to store liquids such as oil, gasoline, or milk. A bottle is usually round with straight sides and a narrow neck. It can be made of glass or plastic and may have handles. A bottle can also be used to carry other liquids, such as water or beer.

(Britain, slang) To be unable to do something because of a lack of nerve or courage. For example, I didn’t think I had the bottle to take that big jump, so I chickened out and bottled it.

To put something into a bottle: to enclose in a sealed container; to confine or contain in an uncontrolled way: He’s been bottling his feelings up ever since the breakup.

To pour a liquid from one container into another: He was bottling wine in the garage.

A small amount of intoxicating liquor drunk by a person in one sitting: He was drinking his whiskey out of a bottle.

An original cast iron mold plate dating between 1915 and 1918 which was used to produce prescription bottles for a Detroit (Michigan) pharmacy. The plates were engraved with the names of doctors and pharmacists.

The top of a bottle finish, sometimes called the lip or mouth. It is the part that can be opened to access the bottle contents. See the Bottle Body & Mold Seams page for more information on finish parts.

A raised line on the body, shoulder, neck, or finish of a bottle that are formed where the edges of different mold sections came together during production. These are also called the join-marks or parting lines. See the Bottle Body & Mold Seamspage for more information on bottle body parts.

In a survey conducted by market research company Mintel, minimization of unnecessary packaging material was only the ninth most important attribute that would encourage consumers to choose a bottled beverage. Aside from this, many factors are at play which influence consumer behavior regarding the purchase and disposal of bottled beverages, such as price, flavor, and convenience35.

A popular and fun activity is to write a message in a bottle, and then send it off into the world. When the bottle is eventually found by a stranger in a distant place, it is always exciting to receive a response! The message in the bottle could be a note of thanks, a request for assistance, or just a general hello. When you make your own message in a bottle, be sure to include your name and contact information so that the recipient knows how to get in touch with you! You can find a template for making a message in a bottle here.