polarized receptacle

polarized receptacle

[′pō·lə‚rīzd ri′sep·tə·kəl]
(electricity)
A receptacle designed for use with a polarized plug, to ensure that the grounded side of an alternating-current line or the positive side of a direct-current line is always connected to the same terminal on a piece of equipment.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

polarized receptacle

polarized receptacle
An electric receptacle having contacts arranged so that a mating plug can be inserted in it in only one orientation.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Older homes may not have polarized receptacle outlets.
The circuit tester has a simple arrangement of neon indicator lights (red, amber, and clear), which provides a convenient means of testing three-wire, 115-volt, AC single-phase, polarized receptacles. It shows proper connection of the ground wire, correct polarity, or fault in any of the three wires; each condition is clearly labeled on the test unit.
To test two-slot polarized receptacles (which have one large and one small slot) you'll have to establish a good temporary ground wire.