bottleneck

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • noun a situation which occurs when one section of an operation cannot cope with the amount of work it has to do, which slows down the later stages of the operation and business activity in general

Aviation

  • noun a buildup of air traffic causing delays in taking off or landing

Cars & Driving

  • noun a narrow stretch of road, or point on a road where traffic is held up

Electronics

  • A reduction in throughput, as occurs, for instance, when a communications network is overloaded, or a CPU is processing data received from a slow peripheral. In a network, for example, a packet sniffer may be utilized to locate such a bottleneck.
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