• WordNet 3.6
    • n reception the act of receiving
    • n reception (American football) the act of catching a pass in football "the tight end made a great reception on the 20 yard line"
    • n reception quality or fidelity of a received broadcast
    • n reception the manner in which something is greeted "she did not expect the cold reception she received from her superiors"
    • n reception a formal party of people; as after a wedding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Commercially flavored coffee beans are flavored after they are roasted and partially cooled to around 100 degrees. Then the flavors applied, when the coffee beans' pores are open and therefore more receptive to flavor absorption.
    • Reception A retaking; a recovery.
    • Reception Acceptance, as of an opinion or doctrine. "Philosophers who have quitted the popular doctrines of their countries have fallen into as extravagant opinions as even common reception countenanced."
    • Reception The act of receiving; receipt; admission; as, the reception of food into the stomach; the reception of a letter; the reception of sensation or ideas; reception of evidence.
    • Reception The act or manner of receiving, especially of receiving visitors; entertainment; hence, an occasion or ceremony of receiving guests; as, a hearty reception; an elaborate reception. "What reception a poem may find."
    • Reception The state of being received.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Public telephones in Israel are no longer operated by tokens as they were in the past. They are now operated by magnetic cards known in Hebrew as a telecart (tel-eh-cart). These plastic cards, the same size and shape as a credit card, are available at post offices, some hotel reception desks, street kiosks and dispensing machines.
    • n reception The act of receiving by transfer or delivery; a taking into custody or possession of something tendered or presented; an instance of receipt: as, the reception of an invitation; a taking into place, position, or association; admission to entrance or insertion; a taking or letting in: as, a groove or socket for the reception of a handle; the reception of food in the stomach; reception of a person into society.
    • n reception Admission into the mind; a taking into cognizance or consideration; a granting of credence; acceptance: as, the reception of a doctrine.
    • n reception A receiving into audience, intercourse, or entertainment; treatment of a person on approach or presentation; greeting or welcome, as of a visitor: as, a cordial reception.
    • n reception An occasion of ceremonious or complimentary greeting; an assemblage of persons to be individually received or greeted by an entertainer or by a guest selected for special attention: as, to give weekly receptions.
    • n reception A retaking; recapture; recovery.
    • n reception Power or capacity of receiving; receptivity; susceptivity.
    • n reception In astrology, the interchange of the dignities of two planets, owing to each being in the other's house or exaltation. Synonyms and Reception, Receipt, Recipe. Reception is used of a person or a thing: as, he got a very gracious reception; receipt of a thing; as, the reception or, better, the receipt of news or a letter; recipe, in medicine or, latterly, in cooking. We say a receipt or recipe for making a cake, a receipt for money paid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most cell phone antennas have no purpose other than to make people believe that flipping up a 2 inch antenna just gave them better reception. They are not connected to any circuitry.
    • ns Reception the act of receiving: admission: state of being received: acceptance: a receiving officially:
    • ns Reception (Milt.) capacity for receiving: a receiving of guests for entertainment: welcome: treatment at first coming
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  • William Hazlitt
    “We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.”
  • Harold Lokes
    Harold Lokes
    “An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réception, L. receptio, fr. recipere, receptum,. See Receive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. recipĕre, receptum, to receive.


In literature:

Come into the reception-room, Miles, while I make inquiry about my letters.
"Blue Lights" by R.M. Ballantyne
Longstreet now advanced against the left of our line, but he too met with a stern reception, and he withdrew to rearrange his plan of attack.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
I was overwhelmed with my cordial reception.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Reception of an Ambassador.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
Bangs and Green followed her to the Washington House, on Chestnut street, above Eighth, where she and Flora went into the reception room.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
We started the year with a reception to the new students at which over one hundred were present.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
For an afternoon or evening reception the refreshments are served as for any reception.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Another important vantage point which, like the telephone, suffers from neglect is the reception desk.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
He insisted on describing his reception at every village.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
It was, indeed, the only production of which he could justly boast a general reception.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson

In poetry:

Sands, receptive, ask too much
And nothing in returning give--
Only outcasts of the waste
Feed on her and live.
"Rain Sequence" by Norman MacLeod
Then he planted himself, till his rival came by.
From the weapons he made a selection,
Quoth he “When he comes I shall certainly try,
And give him the warmest reception.”
"To A Hatpeg" by Barcroft Henry Boake
Then the British embarked for England without delay,
And with joy their hearts felt gay,
And by the end of March they reached England,
And the reception they received was very grand.
"The Ashantee War" by William Topaz McGonagall
As fishers strike the salmon with their spear,
Whilst in the limpid pool he rests unscar'd:
So Death assaults us, when most free from fear,
And when, for his reception, least prepar'd.
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
And view the people all agog, so
Excited o'er it in Chicago,
To seek fresh conquests queen of cheese
She may sail across the seas,
Where she would meet reception grand
From the warm hearts in old England.
"Prophecy of a Ten Ton Cheese" by James McIntyre
As we can't tell where bliss may lie,
In property we always try;
But often as wealth meets reception
So we are sure to meet deception.
The higher class have their full share;
The more of wealth, the more of care.
"The Cobbler" by William Hutton

In news:

Brittany Cortez says the alleged attacker, Joel Nevarez, is a troubled childhood friend who was invited to her reception at a Denver home.
A reception followed at the Rand-Bryan House.
The Citizen's Association of Georgetown will bring the artistic endeavors of the neighborhood to the Shops at Georgetown Park for five days, January 27 – February 1, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 pm on the 27th.
The reception for the artists is Saturday, Sept 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Duke's Conner Vernon needs six more catches to supplant Aaron Kelly as the ACC's career leader in receptions.
Opening reception Fri 9/28, 6-9 PM.
The line of well-wishers stretched down the hall, and the violin soloist, Sarah Chang, greeted each one with the polite, tired smile of a hostess at a reception.
Talk about a frosty reception.
He had six receptions for 65 yards -- both team-highs -- in a 38-30 triumph over the Buffalo Bills.
Evan Adamo touchdown reception and Joey Pascarella rushing touchdown for CBA.
Cobblestone Cup gets cool reception on first night.
Cobblestone Cup gets cool reception on first night.
Columbia Basin College students attended a reception and artistsÕ talk Thursday, Nov 8, for the current art exhibit at Esvelt Gallery on the Pasco campus.
A reception followed at Somerset Reception Hall, Tiffin.
Denver Duncan, Kyle Roberts, Matt Price, Clint Stone enjoy the reception.

In science:

Among the software based link reliability metrics, the most well known is the Packet Reception Ratio (PRR) and its derivatives. Therefore, we also use PRR in ACDMCP to quantitatively represent the reliability of a communication link.
Acdmcp: An adaptive and completely distributed multi-hop clustering protocol for wireless sensor networks
ABEP and AC with and without diversity reception.
A Novel Unified Expression for the Capacity and Bit Error Probability of Wireless Communication Systems over Generalized Fading Channels
The participating nodes measure the end-to-end delays2 between message transmissions and receptions.
Topology Discovery of Sparse Random Graphs With Few Participants
Golay, “Note on the theoretical efficiency of information reception with PPM,” Proc.
Potential Games for Energy-Efficient Resource Allocation in Multipoint-to-Multipoint CDMA Wireless Data Networks
Poor, “Wireless communication systems, advanced techniques for signal reception,” Prentice Hall, 2002.
Potential Games for Energy-Efficient Resource Allocation in Multipoint-to-Multipoint CDMA Wireless Data Networks