- a container, device, etc., that receives or holds something: a receptacle for trash.
- Botany. the modified or expanded portion of the stem or axis that bears the organs of a single flower or the florets of a flower head.
- Electricity. a contact device installed at an outlet for the connection of a portable lamp, appliance, or other electric device by means of a plug and flexible cord.
Origin of receptacle
Examples from the Web for receptacle
Thefacebook was nothing but a platform—a receptacle for the contributions of its users.How Mark Zuckerberg's Vision Saved Facebook
October 12, 2010
The Constitution is neither a legislative crazy-quilt nor a receptacle of fads.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
But now a third kind is required, which I shall call the receptacle or nurse of generation.
We reply, that it is the receptacle, and in a manner the nurse, of all generation.
Arriving at the grave, the casket was let down into the receptacle prepared for it.
We had also a receptacle for beehives, and an ancient sepulchre.Byeways in Palestine
- an object that holds something; container
- the enlarged or modified tip of the flower stalk that bears the parts of the flower
- the shortened flattened stem bearing the florets of the capitulum of composite flowers such as the daisy
- the part of lower plants that bears the reproductive organs or spores
Word Origin and History for receptacle
late 14c., from Old French receptacle (14c.) and directly from Latin receptaculum "place to receive and store things," from receptare, frequentative of recipere "to hold, contain" (see receive). As an adjectival form, receptacular (1847) has been used.
- The enlarged upper end of a flower stalk that bears the flower or group of flowers. The fleshy edible part of an apple is actually a modified receptacle. See more at flower.