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Meaning of receptacle by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    receptacle ( plural: receptacles )

    1. A container .
    2. ( botany ) The part of the flower stalk ( peduncle or pedicel ) to which the floral parts are attached; also torus.
      1. In the Asteraceae, the end of the peduncle to which all of the florets of the flower head are attached .
    3. ( 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 .


    • See also Wikisaurus:container

Explanation of receptacle by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a container that is used to put or keep things in

    2. an electrical ( or electronic ) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert

    3. enlarged tip of a stem that bears the floral parts

    Definition of receptacle by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Receptacle ( resĕptȧk'l ), n. [F. réceptacle, L. receptaculum, fr. receptare, v. intens. fr. recipere to receive. See Receive.]
      1. That which serves, or is used, for receiving and containing something, as for examople, a basket, a vase, a bag, a reservoir; a repository.

      O sacred receptacle of my joys! Shak.

      2. ( Bot. ) The apex of the flower stalk, from which the organs of the flower grow, or into which they are inserted. See Illust. of Flower, and Ovary. The dilated apex of a pedicel which serves as a common support to a head of flowers. An intercellular cavity containing oil or resin or other matters. A special branch which bears the fructification in many cryptogamous plants.