2. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the present or existing epoch; as, recent shells.
(Re*cen"ter) v. t. [Pref. re- + center.] To center again; to restore to the center. Coleridge.
(Re"cent*ly) adv. Newly; lately; freshly; not long since; as, advices recently received.
(Re"cent*ness), n. Quality or state of being recent.
(Re*cep"ta*cle) n. [F. réceptacle, L. receptaculum, fr. receptare, v. intens. fr. recipere to
receive. See Receive.]
1. That which serves, or is used, for receiving and containing something, as a basket, a vase, a bag, a
reservoir; a repository.
O sacred receptacle of my joys!Shak.
2. (Bot.) (a) 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. (b) The dilated apex of a pedicel which serves as a
common support to a head of flowers. (c) An intercellular cavity containing oil or resin or other matters.
(d) A special branch which bears the fructification in many cryptogamous plants.
(Rec`ep*tac"u*lar) a. [Cf. F. réceptaculaire.] (Bot.) Pertaining to the receptacle, or growing
on it; as, the receptacular chaff or scales in the sunflower.
(||Rec`ep*tac"u*lum) n.; pl. Receptacula [L.] (Anat.) A receptacle; as, the receptaculum
of the chyle.
(Rec"ep*ta*ry) a. Generally or popularly admitted or received. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Rec"ep*ta*ry), n. That which is received. [Obs.] "Receptaries of philosophy." Sir T. Browne.
1. The quality or state of being receptible; receivableness.
2. A receptible thing. [R.] Glanvill.
(Re*cep"ti*ble) a. [L. receptibilis.] Such as may be received; receivable.
(Re*cep"tion) n. [F. réception, L. receptio, fr. recipere, receptum. See Receive.]
1. The act of receiving; receipt; admission; as, the reception of food into the stomach; the reception of a
letter; the reception of sensation or ideas; reception of evidence.
2. The state of being received.
3. The act or manner of receiving, esp. of receiving visitors; entertainment; hence, an occasion or ceremony
of receiving guests; as, a hearty reception; an elaborate reception.
What reception a poem may find.Goldsmith.
4. Acceptance, as of an opinion or doctrine.
Philosophers who have quitted the popular doctrines of their countries have fallen into as extravagant
opinions as even common reception countenanced.Locke.
5. A retaking; a recovery. [Obs.] Bacon.