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socket

noun sock·et \ ˈsä-kət \
|Updated on: 6 Jun 2018

Definition of socket

: an opening or hollow that forms a holder for something
  • an electric bulb socket
  • the eye socket

Examples of socket in a Sentence

  1. She plugged the lamp into the socket.

  2. He screwed the lightbulb into the socket.

  3. His shoulder popped out of its socket.

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Origin and Etymology of socket

Middle English soket, from Anglo-French, diminutive of soc plowshare, of Celt origin; akin to Middle Irish soc plowshare, snout; akin to Old English sugu sow — more at sow


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socket

verb

Definition of socket

socketed; socketing; sockets
: to provide with or support in or by a socket

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First Known Use of socket

1533

in the meaning defined above

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SOCKET Defined for English Language Learners

socket

Definition of socket for English Language Learners

  • : a device in a wall into which an electric cord can be plugged

  • : an opening on a piece of electrical equipment into which a plug, light bulb, etc., fits

  • : a hollow part in a bone that holds an eye, a tooth, or another bone


SOCKET Defined for Kids

socket

noun sock·et \ ˈsä-kət \

Definition of socket for Students

: a small opening or hollow part that forms a holder for something
  • an eye socket
  • an electric socket

Medical Dictionary

socket

noun sock·et \ ˈsäk-ət \

medical Definition of socket

: an opening or hollow that forms a holder for something: as
a : any of various hollows in body structures in which some other part normally lodges
  • the bony socket of the eye
  • an inflamed tooth socket
; especially : the depression in a bone with which the rounded head of another bone fits in a ball-and-socket joint
b : a cavity terminating an artificial limb into which the bodily stump fits — see suction socket


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