Dictionary: BOTCH'ED – BOT'TLING

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Patched clumsily; mended unskillfully; marked with botches.


A clumsy workman at mending; a mender of old clothes, whether a tailor or cobbler. – Elyot.


A botching or that which is done by botching.


Patching or mending clumsily.


Marked with botches; full of botches.

BOTE, n. [The old orthography of boot, but retained in law, in composition. See Boot.]

  1. In law, compensation; amends; satisfaction; as, manbote, a compensation for a man slain. Also, payment of any kind.
  2. A privilege or allowance of necessaries, used in composition as equivalent to the French estovers, supplies, necessaries; as, house-bote, a sufficiency of wood to repair a house or for fuel, sometimes called fire-bote; so plow-bote, cart-bote, wood for making or repairing instruments of husbandry; hay-bote or hedge-bote, wood for hedges or fences, &c. These were privileges enjoyed by tenants under the feudal system. – Blackstone.


In vain. [See Bootless.]


A small thick fish of Mexico, about eight inches long, with a flat belly, and convex back. When taken out of the water it swells, and if kicked, will burst. Its liver is deadly poison. – Clavigero.

BOTH, a. [Sax. butu, butwu, or batwa, (qu. Goth. bayoths;) Ir. beit; Sw. båda; Dan. baade; D. and Ger. beide; in ancient African, בת bet, beth, two. Buxt. 1866.]

Two, considered as distinct from others or by themselves; the one and the other; Fr. tous les deux; l'un et l'autre; as, here are two books, take them both. This word is often placed before the nouns with which it is connected. He understands how to manage both public and private concerns. – Guth. Quintilian, p. 4. It is often used as a substitute for nouns. And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them to Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant. – Gen. xxi. Both often represents two members of a sentence. He will not bear the loss of his rank, because he can bear the loss of his estate; but he will bear both, because he is prepared for both. – Bolingbroke on Exile. Both often pertains to adjectives or attributes, and in this case generally precedes them in construction; as, he endeavored to render commerce both disadvantageous and infamous. – Mickle's Lusiad.

BOTH'ER, n. [the vulgar pronunciation of pother.]

See Pother.


Pertaining to Bothnia, a province of Sweden, and to a gulf of the Baltic sea, which is so called from the province, which it penetrates. Pinkerton uses Bothnic, as a noun for the gulf, and Barlow uses Bothnian, in the same manner. – Pink. Art. Sweden. Columb. 9, 564.


A bird of the Parrot kind, of a fine blue color, found in the Philippine isles. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

BO'TRY-OID, or BO-TRY-OID'AL, a. [Gr. βοτρυς, a bunch of grapes, and ειδος, form; Fr. botte, a bunch or bundle; Arm. bod, bot, a grape.]

Having the form of a bunch of grapes; like grapes; as a mineral presenting an aggregation of small globes. – Kirwan. Phillips.

BO'TRY-O-LITE, n. [Gr. βοτρυς, supra, and λιθος, a stone.]

Literally, grape-stone. This mineral occurs in mammillary or botryoidal concretions, in a bed of magnetic iron in gneiss, near Arendal in Norway. Its colors are pearl-gray, grayish or reddish white, and pale rose-red, and form concentric stripes. – Cyc. Botryolite is a variety of silicious borate of lime. It is found near the Passaic falls in New Jersey. – Cleaveland.

BOTS, n. [generally used in the plural. Fr. bout, end, as in their first stage they resemble the ends of a fine thread.]

A species of small worms found in the intestines of horses. They are the larves of a species of Oestrus or gad-fly, which deposits its eggs on the tips of the hairs, generally of the fore-legs and mane, whence they are taken into the mouth and swallowed. This word is also applied to the larves of other species of Oestrus, found under the hides of oxen, in the nostrils of sheep, &c. – Cyc.

BOT'TLE, n. [Fr. bouteille; Arm. boutailh; Ir. boid, buideal; W. bôth, a boss, a bottle, the nave of a wheel; bot, a round body; botas, from bot, a boot, a buskin; botwm, a button; and from bôth, the W. has also bothell, a bottle, a round vessel, a wheal or blister; Sp. botella, a bottle, and botilla, a small wine bag, from bota, a leather bag for wine, a butt or cask, a boot; It. bottiglia, a bottle; botte, a butt, a cask, and boots; Russ. butilka, a bottle. In G. beutel, a bag, a purse, seems to be the Sp. botilla. In Fr. botte is a boot, a bunch or bundle, botte de foin, a bottle of hay. It would seem that bottle is primarily a bag, and from the sense of swelling, bulging, or collecting into a bunch; if so, the word was originally applied to the bags of skins used as bottles in Asia. Yet the primary sense is not easily ascertained. The Arabic has بَطٌ batta, a duck, Sp. pato, and “urceus coriaceus in quo liquidiora circumferunt viatores.” – Cast.]

  1. A hollow vessel of glass, wood, leather or other material, with a narrow mouth, for holding and carrying liquors. The Oriental nations use skins or leather for the conveyance of liquors; and of this kind are the bottles mentioned in Scripture: “Put new wine into new bottles.” In Europe and America, glass is used for liquors of all kinds; and farmers use small cags or hollow vessels of wood, which are called bottles. The small kinds of glass bottles are called vials or phials.
  2. The contents of a bottle; as much as a bottle contains; but from the size of bottles used for wine, porter, and cider, a bottle is nearly a quart; as, a bottle of wine or of porter.
  3. A quantity of hay in a bundle; a bundle of hay.

BOTTLE, v.t.

To put into bottles; as, to bottle wine or porter. This includes the stopping of the bottles with corks.


Bottled ale. – Shak.


A friend or companion in drinking.


  1. Put into bottles; inclosed in bottles.
  2. Having a protuberant belly. – Shak.


A plant, the Cyanus or blue-bottle, a species of Centaurea. – Fam. of Plants.


Having a nose bottle-shaped.


A screw to draw corks out of bottles.


The act of putting into bottles and corking.


Putting into bottles.