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re·cep·ta·cle

 (rĭ-sĕp′tə-kəl)
n.
1. A container that holds items or matter.
2. Botany The expanded tip of a flower stalk or axis that bears the floral parts or the florets of the flower head.
3. Electronics A fitting connected to a power supply and equipped to receive a plug.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin receptāculum, from receptāre, to receive again, frequentative of recipere, to receive; see receive.]

receptacle

(rɪˈsɛptəkəl)
n
1. an object that holds something; container
2. (Botany) botany
a. the enlarged or modified tip of the flower stalk that bears the parts of the flower
b. the shortened flattened stem bearing the florets of the capitulum of composite flowers such as the daisy
c. the part of lower plants that bears the reproductive organs or spores
[C15: from Latin receptāculum a store-place, from receptāre to receive again, from recipere to receive]

re•cep•ta•cle

(rɪˈsɛp tə kəl)

n.
1. a container, device, etc., that receives or holds something.
2. the modified or expanded portion of a plant stem or axis that bears the organs of a single flower or the florets of a flower head.
3. a contact device installed at an electrical outlet, equipped with one or more sockets.
[1375–1425; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin receptāculum reservoir =receptā(re) to take again, receive back (frequentative of recipere to receive) + -culum -cle2]

re·cep·ta·cle

(rĭ-sĕp′tə-kəl)
The enlarged upper end of a flower stalk that bears the flower or group of flowers. See more at flower.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.receptacle - a container that is used to put or keep things inreceptacle - a container that is used to put or keep things in
ash-pan - a receptacle fitted beneath the grate in which ashes collect and are removed
ashtray - a receptacle for the ash from smokers' cigars or cigarettes
hive, beehive - a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees
compositor's case, typesetter's case, case - (printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers; "for English, a compositor will ordinarily have two such cases, the upper case containing the capitals and the lower case containing the small letters"
cat box - a receptacle for cat excrement
catchall - an enclosure or receptacle for odds and ends
chamberpot, thunder mug, potty - a receptacle for urination or defecation in the bedroom
coin box - the part of a slot machine that serves as a receptacle for the coins
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
dustpan - a short-handled receptacle into which dust can be swept
garbage - a receptacle where waste can be discarded; "she tossed the moldy bread into the garbage"
hopper - funnel-shaped receptacle; contents pass by gravity into a receptacle below
hot-water bag, hot-water bottle - a stoppered receptacle (usually made of rubber) that is to be filled with hot water and used for warming a bed or parts of the body
in-basket, in-tray - a wood or metal receptacle placed on your desk to hold your incoming material
ossuary - any receptacle for the burial of human bones
out-basket, out-tray - a wood or metal receptacle placed on your desk to hold your outgoing material
collection plate, plate - a shallow receptacle for collection in church
pix, pyx - any receptacle in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept
save-all - a receptacle for catching waste products for further use
silent butler - a small receptacle with a handle and a hinged lid; used for collecting crumbs or ashes
socket - receptacle where something (a pipe or probe or end of a bone) is inserted
cuspidor, spittoon - a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place)
tidy - receptacle that holds odds and ends (as sewing materials)
tray - an open receptacle for holding or displaying or serving articles or food
trough - a long narrow shallow receptacle
2.receptacle - enlarged tip of a stem that bears the floral parts
gynobase - the enlarged receptacle in which the pistil is borne
plant part, plant structure - any part of a plant or fungus
stalk, stem - a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
3.receptacle - an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert
fitting - a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system
outlet box - (electricity) receptacle consisting of the metal box designed for connections to a wiring system
expansion slot, slot - (computer) a socket in a microcomputer that will accept a plug-in circuit board; "the PC had three slots for additional memory"
socket - a receptacle into which an electric device can be inserted
electric outlet, electric receptacle, electrical outlet, wall plug, wall socket, outlet - receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices

receptacle

noun container, case, box, holder, vessel, drum, basin, crate, canister, repository a receptacle for water
Translations
وعاء، إناء
nádoba
beholder
ílát
talpykla
konteinerstvertne

receptacle

[rɪˈseptəkl] N (frm) → receptáculo m, recipiente m

receptacle

[rɪˈsɛptɪkəl] nrécipient m

receptacle

nBehälter m

receptacle

[rɪˈsɛptəkl] n (frm) → recipiente m

receptacle

(rəˈseptəkl) noun
a container of some kind. A dustbin is a receptacle for rubbish.
References in classic literature ?
There were receptacles similarly secured in the other rooms; and in all or any of these papers might be kept.
Afterwards it used to turn up in all sorts of places--at the bottom of small drawers, among my studs in cardboard boxes--till at last it found permanent rest in a large wooden bowl containing some loose keys, bits of sealing wax, bits of string, small broken chains, a few buttons, and similar minute wreckage that washes out of a man's life into such receptacles. I would catch sight of it from time to time with a distinct feeling of satisfaction till, one day, I perceived with horror that there were two old pens in there.
Look, Captain, look at these magnificent rocks, these uninhabited grottoes, these lowest receptacles of the globe, where life is no longer possible!
Apparently she meant that there should be no bond left even of that kind; and yet it was a long time before I gave up visiting and revisiting all the corners of all possible receptacles for something that she might have left behind on purpose.
And she saw some of them at troughs, for which the others seemed to be searching, and those at the troughs were taking something from these receptacles and apparently putting it in a hole where their necks should have been.
For instance, he used my pockets as receptacles into which he put any article he might not happen to want at the moment.
Geometrical Details.--Calculation of the Capacity of the Balloon.--The Double Receptacle.--The Covering.--The Car.--The Mysterious Apparatus.
This was a body resembling a milk can in its general form, above which oscillated a pear-shaped receptacle, and from which a stream of white powder flowed into a circular basin below.
This place has previously been mentioned as the receptacle for the blanket-pieces, when stript and hoisted from the whale.
In the cabin were arms and ammunition, and hidden in a secret receptacle in the cabin table was one of those infernal machines, the construction of which had occupied much of Paulvitch's spare time when he had stood high in the confidence of the Nihilists of his native land.
I had made her a receptacle of lurid things, but there was an odd recognition of my superiority--my accomplishments and my function-- in her patience under my pain.
And I flatter myself the observations in my last paper must have gone no inconsiderable way towards proving that it was not easy, if practicable, to find a more fit receptacle for the power of determining impeachments, than that which has been chosen.