receptacle[ri sep′tə kəl]
- The definition of a receptacle is a container or space used for a specific purpose.
A can used to put trash in is an example of a trash receptacle.
A man puts trash in this receptacle.
- anything used to contain or hold something else; container; vessel
- an electrical wall outlet designed for use with a plug
Origin of receptacleModL receptaculumBot.
- the enlarged upper end of the stalk of a flowering plant, on which the flower parts grow
- any of a number of cuplike or disklike structures supporting spores, sex organs, etc.
Origin of receptacleMiddle English ; from Classical Latin receptaculum ; from receptare, frequentative of recipere: see receive
- A container that holds items or matter.
- Botany The expanded tip of a flower stalk or axis that bears the floral parts or the florets of the flower head.
- Electronics A fitting connected to a power supply and equipped to receive a plug.
Origin of receptacleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin receptāculum, from receptāre, to receive again, frequentative of recipere, to receive; see receive.
- A container.
- (botany) The part of the flower stalk (peduncle or pedicel) to which the floral parts are attached; also torus.
- In the Asteraceae, the end of the peduncle to which all of the florets of the flower head are attached.
- (electricity, US) A contact device installed at an outlet for the connection of an attachment plug and flexible cord to supply portable equipment or appliances.
From Latin receptÄculum (“reservoir, receptacle"), from receptÅ (“I receive back or again, recover"), frequentative of recipiÅ (“I receive; hold back, reserve"), from re- (“back, again") + capiÅ (“I hold").