receptacle

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ɹɪˈsɛp.tə.kl̩/
  • (US) IPA: /ɹəˈsɛp.tə.k(ə)l/ or /ɹi-/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: re‧cep‧ta‧cle

Noun[change]

Singular
receptacle

Plural
receptacles

The receptacle (sense 2, grey) in relation to the ovary (red)
Four types of duplex NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) receptacles (sense 3) often used in North America.
  1. A receptacle is a container.
  2. (botany) A receptacle is the part of the flower stalk to which the floral parts are attached..
  3. (zoology) A 'receptacle is an organ that receives and holds a secretion.
  4. (electricity) (US): A receptacle is an electrical socket for the connection of a plug (typically by receiving the plug's prongs) to supply portable appliances or equipment.