• WordNet 3.6
    • n receptacle a container that is used to put or keep things in
    • n receptacle an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert
    • n receptacle enlarged tip of a stem that bears the floral parts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Receptacle (Bot) A special branch which bears the fructification in many cryptogamous plants.
    • Receptacle (Bot) An intercellular cavity containing oil or resin or other matters.
    • Receptacle That which serves, or is used, for receiving and containing something, as for examople, a basket, a vase, a bag, a reservoir; a repository. "O sacred receptacle of my joys!"
    • Receptacle (Bot) 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.
    • Receptacle (Bot) The dilated apex of a pedicel which serves as a common support to a head of flowers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n receptacle That which receives or holds anything for rest or deposit; a storing-place; a repository; a container; any space, open or closed, that serves for reception and keeping.
    • n receptacle In botany:
    • n receptacle In a single flower, the more or less enlarged and peculiarly developed apex of the peduncle or pedicel, upon which all the organs of the flower are directly or indirectly borne: the Linnæan and usual name: same as the more specific and proper torus of De Candolle and the thalamus of Tournefort. The receptacle varies in size and texture. In form it may be convex or conical (as most often), elongated, as in Magnolia. or concave, as in the rose; it may develop into a stipe, gynobase, disk, carpophore, or hypanthium (see these words), or it may greatly enlarge in fruit, as in the strawberry. As belonging to a single flower, sometimes termed proper receptacle.
    • n receptacle In an inflorescence, the axis or rachis of a head or other short dense cluster; most often. the expanded disk-like summit of the peduncle in Compositæ (dandelion, etc.) on which are borne the florets of the head, surrounded by an involucre of bracts; a clinanthium. In contrast with the above, sometimes called common receptacle.
    • n receptacle In an ovary, same as placenta. 4.
    • n receptacle Among cryptogams
    • n receptacle In the vascular class, the placenta.
    • n receptacle In Marchantiaceæ, one of the umbrella-like branches of the thallus, upon which the reproductive organs are borne.
    • n receptacle In Fucaceæ, a part of the thallus in which conceptacles (see conceptacle) are congregated. They are either terminal portions of branches or parts sustained above water by air-bladders.
    • n receptacle In Fungi, sometimes same as stroma; in Ascomycetes, same as pycnidium, 1 (also the stalk of a discocarp); in Phalloideæ, the inner part of the sporophore, supporting the gleba.
    • n receptacle In lichens, the cup containing the soredia. The term has some other analogous applications.
    • n receptacle In zoology and anatomy, a part or an organ which receives and contains or detains a secretion; a receptaculum: as, the gall-bladder is the receptacle of the bile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Receptacle rē-sep′ta-kl that into which anything is received or in which it is contained: :
    • n Receptacle rē-sep′ta-kl (bot.) the basis of a flower
    • n Receptacle rē-sep′ta-kl (zool.) an organ that receives and holds a secretion
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  • Edward 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.”
  • Stan Dunn
    Stan Dunn
    “And that's the world in a nutshell, which is an appropriate receptacle.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réceptacle, L. receptaculum, fr. receptare, v. intens. fr. recipere, to receive. See Receive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. recipĕre, receptum, to receive.


In literature:

A hole dug and partially filled with stones with a barrel placed upside down on them, makes a very good receptacle for kitchen slops.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
Quills make convenient receptacles for minute specimens.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
How he had originally got out of that receptacle for the dead was certainly a mystery; but the story was none the worse for that.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
After all, I could greatly improve it, and it would not be a bad composition of that odd kind to some picnic receptacle of all things.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
He had looked upon the wine-cup and every other receptacle in which stimulants were ever served.
"All He Knew" by John Habberton
All things else are only forms and receptacles of life, sheerly phenomenal, except so far forth as He is their substance.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
I'll promise to be a safe receptacle.
"The Palace Beautiful" by L. T. Meade
Even so must the body be purged of its humours to make it a fit receptacle for illumination and knowledge.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
To this inviting receptacle was the attention of our guest more especially directed.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Portions of hollow bamboo serve as receptacles for milk or water.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne

In poetry:

Earth and heaven are filled with God,
Everywhere He deigns to dwell;
Humble hearts His own abode—
His beloved receptacle.
"Hymn: Have ye never heard His voice?" by John Bowring
The man with gray hands smiles —
The smile of a man of business, intensely practical.
They are not hands at all
But asbestos receptacles.
Pom! Pom! 'They would have killed me.'
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath
At Thy decree the waters fall—
They hasten at Thy thunder's call;
Down from the rocky heights they gush,
And thro' the thirsty valleys rush
On to the vast receptacle,
Where Thou hast bid the waters dwell.
"Spring: Friday Morning" by John Bowring
My mind is the receptacle for all
The peccadilloes of mine enemies.
I hold them sternly at my beck and call,
Just as I please.
And it was I who hid in that dark lane
And heard them plan the wrecking of the train.
"Aha! Beware" by C J Dennis

In news:

Three-sided Ad Panel Receptacle .
You might think the vast majority of 120V receptacles are wired correctly, but that isn't the case.
The only requirements in Part III of Article 210 pertaining to required receptacles in commercial occupancies are in 210.62 and 210.63.
As stipulated in 210.62, one or more receptacles will be required above certain show windows.
Installing receptacles so that no point is more than six feet (1.8 m) from a receptacle outlet is not required in hallways.
The required outdoor receptacles on the front and back of the house are more than 25 feet from the air-conditioning unit.
Part (B) of this section covers the requirements for receptacles installed in the kitchen and other associated areas that will serve portable appliances along with refrigeration equipment.
Since this is much harder than the brass grounding contacts in most receptacles , the pin is not likely to wear out rapidly.
Leviton's USB Charger /Tamper-Resistant Receptacle Offers One-Stop Charging .
The product promises 2.1A of charging power and a 15A/125V tamper-resistant receptacle in one package.
IPhone or other portable device is connected to the other minijack receptacle on the Cube 's front.
A fire in a trash receptacle forced 14 people from two families out of their apartment at 212 Seneca St, Syracuse, this morning.
I'm constantly amazed by the number of boats that are being manufactured today that don't come with some type of trash receptacle.
Tilting Trash Receptacle from Pilot Rock.
Connect the wire to the ground screw of the receptacle.

In science:

We do our best to preserve the receptacle PO for our spaces.
Del Pezzo surfaces over Dedekind schemes
Wingless males mate with females within the closed receptacle of their natal fig fruit, which they never leave.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The jig is the IC receptacle which is a ZIF socket of desired size.
Bipolar Transistor Tester / Digital IC Tester for Physics Lab
Worse, it is progressively clear that this kind of pre-Newtonian calculus are a natural receptacle for quantum mechanics.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
The main panel voltage will be stepped down with localized transformers to supply 120 volts power panels (with surge suppression as may be required) to serve computer loads, ancillary 120 loads and convenience receptacles.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake