Definitions of receptacle

  1. a container that is used to put or keep things in Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. That which serves, or is used, for receiving and containing something, as a basket, a vase, a bag, a reservoir; a repository. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The dilated apex of a pedicel which serves as a common support to a head of flowers. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An intercellular cavity containing oil or resin or other matters. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A special branch which bears the fructification in many cryptogamous plants. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Anything, as a vessel, used to hold other things; a place of deposit. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Place in which anything is contained. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Anything that serves to contain or hold other things. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A place or vessel into which something is received, and in which it is contained; the basis of the parts of fructification. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A place or vessel into which a thing is received, or in which it may be contained; in bot., that part of the fructification which bears or receives other parts, as the expanded top of the peduncle of a dandelion, the inner surface of a fig, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. An organ used as a repository ; the peduncle of a racemose inflorescence ; the torus or thalamus of a flower ; the terminal disc of Mosses. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for receptacle

  1. The legs of the receptacle were the creature's claws. – The Dragon's Secret by Augusta Huiell Seaman
  2. Silas then poured the boiling water from the kettle into the receptacle and tested the temperature with his finger. – The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories by Arnold Bennett