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 (â€œreservoir, receptacleâ€), from receptÅ (â€œI receive back or again, recoverâ€), frequentative of recipiÅ (â€œI receive; hold back, reserveâ€), from re- (â€œback, againâ€) + capiÅ (â€œI holdâ€).