Receptacle definition

rĭ-sĕptə-kəl
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A container that holds items or matter.
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(botany) The expanded tip of a flower stalk or axis that bears the floral parts or the florets of the flower head.
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(electronics) A fitting connected to a power supply and equipped to receive a plug.
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Anything used to contain or hold something else; container; vessel.
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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.

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An electrical wall outlet designed for use with a plug.
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The enlarged upper end of the stalk of a flowering plant, on which the flower parts grow.
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Any of a number of cuplike or disklike structures supporting spores, sex organs, etc.
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The enlarged upper end of a flower stalk that bears the flower or group of flowers. The fleshy edible part of an apple is actually a modified receptacle.
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(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.
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(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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
receptacle
Plural:
receptacles

Origin of receptacle

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin receptāculum from receptāre to receive again frequentative of recipere to receive receive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin receptāculum (“reservoir, receptacle"), from receptō (“I receive back or again, recover"), frequentative of recipiō (“I receive; hold back, reserve"), from re- (“back, again") + capiō (“I hold").

    From Wiktionary