bottleneck
I. adjective Date: 1896 narrow <
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II. noun Date: 1907 1. a. a narrow route b. a point of traffic congestion 2. a. someone or something that retards or halts free movement and progress b. impasse c. a dramatic reduction in the size of a population (as of a species) that results in a decrease in genetic variation 3. a style of guitar playing in which glissando effects are produced by sliding an object (as a knife blade or the neck of a bottle) along the strings — called also bottleneck guitar III. transitive verb Date: 1933 to slow or halt by causing a bottleneck

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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