Outlet vs Receptacle

When I was in lab looking for those things to plug my computer, I don’t know the name at first. Then someone told me that is power outlet. But others told me it is electrical receptacle.

At first, I think they are both the same. Is it the same? These terms are really interchangeable?

The N.E.C says: a point on the wiring system at which current is taken to supply utilization equipment. This will include more than a receptacle. A light fixture, a smoke alarm are examples of other outlets in a wiring system. That means, the name of outlet is larger than receptacle.

We also said electrical outlets or receptacles are plugs or plug-ins. But actually a plug is the proper term for the male cord end that plugs into an outlet or a receptacle. The best definition of an outlet or receptacle is an opening or series of openings connected to a wired power source meant to power electrical equipment and components.

Another term receptacle outlet is an outlet where one or more receptacles are installed.

Common receptacles are used at home: duplex receptacle and GFCI receptacle.

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