What does receptacle mean?

Definitions for receptacle
rɪˈsɛp tə kəlre·cep·ta·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. receptaclenoun

    a container that is used to put or keep things in

  2. receptaclenoun

    enlarged tip of a stem that bears the floral parts

  3. receptaclenoun

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


  1. receptaclenoun

    A container.

  2. receptaclenoun

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

  3. receptaclenoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Receptaclenoun

    A vessel or place into which any thing is received.

    Etymology: receptaculum, Lat.

    When the sharpness of death was overcome, he then opened heaven, as well to believing gentiles as Jews: heaven till then was no receptacle to the souls of either. Richard Hooker.

    The county of Tipperary, the only county palatine in Ireland, is by abuse of some bad ones made a receptacle to rob the rest of the counties about it. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    As in a vault, an ancient receptacle,
    Where for these many hundred years, the bones
    Of all my buried ancestors are packt. William Shakespeare.

    The eye of the soul, or receptacle of sapience and divine knowledge. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Lest paradise a receptacle prove
    To spirits foul, and all my trees their prey. John Milton.

    Their intelligence, put in at the top of the horn, shall convey it into a little receptacle at the bottom. Addison.

    These are conveniencies to private persons; instead of being receptacles for the truly poor, they tempt men to pretend poverty, in order to share the advantages. Francis Atterbury.

    Though the supply from this great receptacle below be continual and alike to all the globe; yet when it arrives near the surface, where the heat is not so uniform, it is subject to vicissitudes. John Woodward.


  1. receptacle

    A receptacle is a container, device, or space used for holding or storing something. It can also refer to an outlet or socket that provides a point of connection for electrical devices. In botany, it refers to the part of a flower stalk where the parts of the flower are attached.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Receptaclenoun

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

  2. Receptaclenoun

    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. Receptaclenoun

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

  4. Receptaclenoun

    an intercellular cavity containing oil or resin or other matters

  5. Receptaclenoun

    a special branch which bears the fructification in many cryptogamous plants

  6. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. receptacle

    A facet of a flower.

    The receptacle was beautiful in its creation.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

  2. receptacle

    A type of unit and product.

    There are various receptacles in villages and towns for recycling.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  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

Examples of receptacle in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Stan Dunn:

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

  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. 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.

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