What does the word receptacle mean?

Usage examples for receptacle

  1. In the large space between the stove and the wall four planks had been put together as if to make a large receptacle for apples; there were no apples, however, inside, but something Heidi had no difficulty in recognising, for it was her very own bed, with its hay mattress and sheets, and sack for a coverlid, just as she had it up at the hut. – Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  2. If electricity were not available, an oil receptacle of brass could be fitted into the vase and the beauty of the lamp would be the same. – The House in Good Taste by Elsie de Wolfe