Suppose if a bottle broke such that its head shattered but the bottom survived, something similar to in this image. I'm referring to such a shard(??) in my sentence but am not able to come up with an appropriate word to represent it.

e.g. sentence - Squatting, he picked up the broken remains of the bottle and raised the __________ as if making a toast

Searching has yielded the following options - cracked heel, shard, fragment but they do not feel fitting as they do not conjure that image. Is there a specific term that can be used ?

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    Picked up the jagged bottom half of a broken bottle and raised it as if making a toast...
    – Jim
    Apr 5, 2018 at 20:56
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    I'd probably call it the "butt" or "heal", if "bottom" didn't quite do it.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 5, 2018 at 21:39
  • Oops -- make that "heel".
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 6, 2018 at 0:48

4 Answers 4


Based on this image:


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I would use the term body, however it probably makes more sense in context of the sentence to base.

Hopefully with this image in mind you can come to your own conclusion.

Hope this is helpful!!


I would probably say "raised the bottle's ragged base, as if making a toast"

  • The most sensible option, but not really a fitting answer on a site aimed at linguists. Apr 5, 2018 at 22:34

with single word request: Shiv

with your terminology tag in mind: Glassing

Glassing is a physical attack using a glass or bottle as a weapon. wikipedia


  1. informal to hit (someone) in the face with a glass or a bottle TFD

The most common method of glassing involves the attacker smashing an intact glass in the face of the victim. However the glass may be smashed before the attack, and then gripped by the remaining base of the glass or neck of the bottle with the broken shards protruding outwards.

If a broken bottle is used as such it would be a shiv. TFD


A bottle may be likened to a vessel. So for dramatic effect, I'd call it a shattered hulk.

Squatting, he picked up the broken remains of the bottle and raised the hulk as if making a toast.


Vessel 1. a : a container (such as a cask, bottle, kettle, cup, or bowl) for holding something

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