reception-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: manner of greeting

Commentary: The manner in which something is greeted or received.

A stunned silence was the only reception to John's proposal.
The speaker met an icy reception from the crowd.
The launch of Intelli-Soft's new product had an unimpressive public reception.
One of the most notable features of the book's reception in America is the questioning of the author's patriotism.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: social gathering

Commentary: RECEPTION[+event] A formal gathering of people, often after a wedding.

We got married in a church and held our reception in a large catering hall.
They held a small reception to honor the visiting professor.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: act of receiving

Commentary: RECEPTION[+event] Any act of getting or receiving something-- a football, for example. Can refer to electronic communication, but only as a specific instance of transmission.

He made a record number of receptions during his football career.
John is much more interested in the reception of Christmas gifts than the giving of them.
I sent the letter last week, but there has been no sign of its reception.
His reception of my broadcast occurred at ten o'clock this morning.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4 5

Sense Number 4: quality of broadcast

Commentary: The manner in which an electronic signal is received. The quality or fidelity of a received broadcast. The phrase "no reception" is usually taken to mean "poor reception" in this context.

Let me call you back-- I get terrible reception on this phone.
Let me call you back-- I don't get any reception on this phone.
Our message lacked several key points of information due to disrupted reception during the broadcast.
I started to get static in my reception of the radio station.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3