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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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He added: "Options include extending the use of marker-poles behind the start line and basic things such as widening some of the gaps through which the horses come on to the track before starting, to avoid the bottleneck effect which sometimes results in a rush for the tape before the starter is ready to let the runners go.
The adhesions are filamentous or fibrous attachments that bind the sigmoid colon to the pelvic sidewall tight enough to alter the course of the colon, sometimes causing a slight narrowing or kink that creates a bottleneck effect, explained Dr.
A study of heterosexual transmission demonstrated a bottleneck effect, whereby only a single "founder" virus takes hold in most cases.