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Bottleneck

In project management and other fields, a situation in which output is limited by the lowest capacity system in the project. For example, the output of book publishing is limited by how quickly writers write, regardless of how quickly books can be edited and printed. Bottlenecks have a wide variety of applications in business, technology and elsewhere.

bottleneck

a hold-up in some part of a PRODUCTION LINE which disrupts the smooth flow of work. See PRODUCTION-LINE BALANCING, OPTIMISED PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY.
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It is more a bottle-neck through which all of the data packets must pass for the purpose of filtering the transmission and receiving of information.
The audience were, however, quick to appreciate the talented five-piece group of musicians supporting her, as the show was given a blue theme, with Too Blue to Boogie, which allowed Dino Baptiste to demonstrate his boogie talents on keyboard and Blue Temptation, that featured Ed Deane's bottle-neck guitar.
For some large, fast computers, this bottle-neck is severe enough that to save time, the divisor is first divided into one, and then this result is multiplied by the dividend to give the answer.
When unscrewed, the closure easily breaks the frangible bridges of the tamper band, retaining the upper half inside the closure, leaving the lower half of the band on the bottle-neck as clear evidence of opening.
County council leader Ian Bottrill (Lab, Bedworth Mount Pleasant), who lives on the town's Burnside estate, said: "As someone who lives on the estate myself, I am well aware that the junctions from Ambleside Road and Newdigate Road are a bottle-neck and dangerous.
County council leader Ian Bottrill (Lab, Bedworth Mount Pleasant), who lives on the town's Burnside estate, said: "As someone who lives on the estate myself, I am well aware the junctions from Ambleside Road and Newdigate Road are a bottle-neck and dangerous.
The launch of AKTAxpress means that purifying tagged proteins will no longer be a bottle-neck in a researcher's workflow," says Allan Simpson, vice president, research and analysis marketing, at Amersham Biosciences.
These novel tips will allow for characterizing three dimensional high-aspect ratio and sidewall structures of critical dimensions such as nano-optical photonic components and semiconductor architectures which is a bottle-neck in reaching more efficient manufacturing techniques.
Keeping verification on schedule is the number one bottle-neck for chip designers," commented Graham Bell, Director of Marketing at Averant.