A receptacle is a container that's used for holding or storing things. If you are having a party on a rainy day, you can put a receptacle outside your door for your guests' umbrellas.

The noun receptacle means any kind of container. For example, a trash receptacle holds your garbage and a receptacle for loose change can keep you from scattering coins all over your house. In botany, receptacle refers to the part of a stem that holds a plant's organs. The word receptacle comes from the Latin root word receptaculum, which describes a place to receive and store things.

Definitions of receptacle
  1. noun
    a container that is used to put or keep things in
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    a receptacle fitted beneath the grate in which ashes collect and are removed
    a receptacle for the ash from smokers' cigars or cigarettes
    beehive, hive
    a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees
    case, compositor's case, typesetter's case
    (printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers
    cat box
    a receptacle for cat excrement
    an enclosure or receptacle for odds and ends
    chamberpot, potty, thunder mug
    a receptacle for urination or defecation in the bedroom
    coin box
    the part of a slot machine that serves as a receptacle for the coins
    a short-handled receptacle into which dust can be swept
    a receptacle where waste can be discarded
    funnel-shaped receptacle; contents pass by gravity into a receptacle below
    hot-water bag, hot-water bottle
    a stoppered receptacle (usually made of rubber) that is to be filled with hot water and used for warming a bed or parts of the body
    in-basket, in-tray
    a wood or metal receptacle placed on your desk to hold your incoming material
    any receptacle for the burial of human bones
    out-basket, out-tray
    a wood or metal receptacle placed on your desk to hold your outgoing material
    collection plate, plate
    a shallow receptacle for collection in church
    pix, pyx
    any receptacle in which wafers for the Eucharist are kept
    a receptacle for catching waste products for further use
    silent butler
    a small receptacle with a handle and a hinged lid; used for collecting crumbs or ashes
    receptacle where something (a pipe or probe or end of a bone) is inserted
    cuspidor, spittoon
    a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place)
    receptacle that holds odds and ends (as sewing materials)
    an open receptacle for holding or displaying or serving articles or food
    a long narrow shallow receptacle
    alms dish, alms tray
    a tray for collecting the offering from a congregation
    cafeteria tray
    a tray for carrying your food in a cafeteria
    cheese tray, cheeseboard
    tray on which cheeses are served
    a tray for making cubes of ice in a refrigerator
    a tray or stand for writing implements and containers for ink
    cradle, rocker
    a trough that can be rocked back and forth; used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold
    a tray (or large plate) for serving food or drinks; usually made of silver
    a domed beehive made of twisted straw
    tea tray
    a tray that accommodates a tea service
    lazy Susan, turntable
    a revolving tray placed on a dining table
    type of:
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  2. noun
    enlarged tip of a stem that bears the floral parts
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    the enlarged receptacle in which the pistil is borne
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    plant part, plant structure
    any part of a plant or fungus
  3. noun
    an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert
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    outlet box
    (electricity) receptacle consisting of the metal box designed for connections to a wiring system
    expansion slot, slot
    (computer) a socket in a microcomputer that will accept a plug-in circuit board
    a receptacle into which an electric device can be inserted
    electric outlet, electric receptacle, electrical outlet, outlet, wall plug, wall socket
    receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices
    electric socket
    a socket into which a lightbulb can be inserted
    point, power point
    a wall socket
    type of:
    a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system
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