• (RP) IPA: /ɹɪˈsɛp.tə.kl̩/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɹəˈsɛp.tə.k(ə)l/, /ɹi-/

receptacle (plural receptacles)

  1. A container.
    • 1818, anonymous [Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley], chapter III, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In Three Volumes, London: Printed for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, Finsbury Square, OCLC 682152368 ↗; republished as Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (Standard Novels; no. IX), rev. and corr. edition, London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street; Bell & Bradfute Edinburgh; J. Cumming, Dublin, 1839, OCLC 316824153 ↗, page 38 ↗:
      Darkness had no effect upon my fancy; and a churchyard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life, which, from being the seat of beauty and strength, had become food for the worm.
  2. (botany) The part of the flower stalk (peduncle or pedicel) to which the floral parts are attach#Verb|attached; a thalamus, a torus.
    1. In the Asteraceae (aster or sunflower family), the end of the peduncle to which all of the florets of the flower head are attached.
  3. (phycology) A structure at the end of a branch of an alga containing conceptacles (reproductive organs).
  4. (zoology) An organ that receives and holds a secretion.
  5. (electricity, US) A contact device installed at an outlet for the connection of an attachment plug#Noun|plug (typically by receive#Verb|receiving the plug's prongs) to supply#Verb|supply portable appliances or equipment.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Steckdose, Buchse, Anschlussbuchse, Fassung, Steckerbuchse, Federleiste, Steckbuchse, Steckhülse
  • Russian: розе́тка

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