Definitions for receptaclerɪˈsɛp tə kəl

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word receptacle

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•cep•ta•clerɪˈsɛp 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.

    Category: Botany

  3. a contact device installed at an electrical outlet, equipped with one or more sockets.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

Origin of receptacle:

1375–1425; ME (< OF) < L receptāculum reservoir =receptā(re) to take again, receive back (freq. of recipere to receive ) +-culum -cle2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. receptacle(noun)

    a container that is used to put or keep things in

  2. receptacle(noun)

    enlarged tip of a stem that bears the floral parts

  3. receptacle(noun)

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


  1. receptacle(Noun)

    A container.

  2. receptacle(Noun)

    The part of the flower stalk (peduncle or pedicel) to which the floral parts are attached; also torus.

  3. receptacle(Noun)

    A contact device installed at an outlet for the connection of an attachment plug and flexible cord to supply portable equipment or appliances.

  4. Origin: From receptaculum, from recepto, frequentative of recipio, from re- + capio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Receptacle(noun)

    that which serves, or is used, for receiving and containing something, as a basket, a vase, a bag, a reservoir; a repository

  2. Receptacle(noun)

    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

  3. Receptacle(noun)

    the dilated apex of a pedicel which serves as a common support to a head of flowers

  4. Receptacle(noun)

    an intercellular cavity containing oil or resin or other matters

  5. Receptacle(noun)

    a special branch which bears the fructification in many cryptogamous plants


  1. Receptacle

    In botany, the receptacle is the thickened part of a stem from which the flower organs grow. In some accessory fruits, for example the pome and strawberry, the receptacle gives rise to the edible part of the fruit. The fruit of Rubus species is a cluster of drupelets on top of a conical receptacle. When a raspberry is picked, the receptacle separates from the fruit, but in blackberries, it remains attached to the fruit.

Translations for receptacle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a container of some kind

A dustbin is a receptacle for rubbish.

Get even more translations for receptacle »


Find a translation for the receptacle definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these receptacle definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"receptacle." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for receptacle?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for receptacle: