Examples from the Web for receptacle
Thefacebook was nothing but a platform—a receptacle for the contributions of its users.
Sow, the receptacle into which the liquid iron is poured in a gun-foundry.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
Now ‘box’ was easy enough, for the receptacle in the street was duly called ‘Brievenbus’.An Irishman's Difficulties with the Dutch Language|N.A. Cuey-na-Gael
Careful precautions are taken against the Mont-de-Pit being made a receptacle for stolen goods.Paris|William Walton
British Dictionary definitions for receptacle
- 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 for receptacle
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.