What does receptacle mean?

Definitions for receptaclerɪˈsɛp tə kəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word receptacle.

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

  6. Origin: [F. rceptacle, L. receptaculum, fr. receptare, v. intens. fr. recipere to receive. See Receive.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Receptacle

    rē-sep′ta-kl, n. that into which anything is received or in which it is contained: (bot.) the basis of a flower: (zool.) an organ that receives and holds a secretion.—n. Rē′cept, an idea taken into the mind from without.—adj. Receptac′ular (bot.), pertaining to or serving as a receptacle.—n. Receptibil′ity, receivability.—adj. Recept′ible, receivable.—ns. Recep′tion, the act of receiving: admission: state of being received: acceptance: a receiving officially: (Milt.) capacity for receiving: a receiving of guests for entertainment: welcome: treatment at first coming; Recep′tion-room.—adj. Recept′ive, having the quality of receiving or containing: (phil.) capable of receiving, or quick to receive, impressions.—ns. Recept′iveness; Receptiv′ity, quality of being receptive. [L. recipĕre, receptum, to receive.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of receptacle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of receptacle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stan Dunn:

    And that's the world in a nutshell, an appropriate receptacle.

  2. Richard Logozzo:

    I go to the automatic reader and if it says not a winner, there’s a trash receptacle there and I drop it in.

  3. E. M. Forster:

    Oxford is -- Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge. Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.

  4. Pablo Picasso:

    The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape...

  5. Pablo Picasso:

    The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.

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