sock·​et | \ˈsä-kət \

Definition of socket 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


socketed; socketing; sockets

Definition of socket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with or support in or by a socket

Examples of socket in a Sentence


She plugged the lamp into the socket. He screwed the lightbulb into the socket. His shoulder popped out of its socket.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The ball of this ball-and-socket joint had been flattened by wear and tear, and its no-longer-smooth surface was now in direct contact with the bony cup of the socket. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "The Patient Had Pain When He Walked, but There Was a More Telling Change," 27 June 2018 The enormous number of memory channels will demand an enormous socket, currently believed to be a 5903 pin connector. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel announces Cascade Lake Xeons: 48 cores and 12-channel memory per socket," 5 Nov. 2018 Excessive heel wearing could possibly explain my foot issues, and a post-surgery diagnosis of hip dysplasia, which is when the hip socket doesn't cover the ball of the upper thigh bone all the way, later explained my hip injury. Alyssa Clough, SELF, "How Not to Be a Jerk to Someone Battling an Injury," 13 Aug. 2018 Slice an end off 2 radishes and push in black beans for pupils, then add 2 toothpicks to back of each and push into sockets. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 And a few doors along, a tree trunk had battering-rammed another shop, filling the window socket with a van-size root ball. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "‘I thought I was prepared’: Ellicott City business owners confront second disaster," 29 May 2018 Kilim pillow; light socket—Commune (R,T); House Beautiful, "December/January 2012 Issue Product Guide," 10 Oct. 2011 The dentist washed his hands and placed the teeth back in their sockets. Tom Avril,, "British athlete in Philadelphia: 'if you must have your teeth knocked out, this is the place'," 25 Apr. 2018 The miraculous Allocacoc Power Cube gives me four conventional sockets for American devices, two USB ports and a bunch of plug adapters. Jada Yuan, New York Times, "How Do You Pack for a Yearlong Trip?," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This processor is paired with up to 64GB socketed, user-serviceable RAM. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Mac mini review—a testament to Apple’s stubbornness," 23 Nov. 2018 The processor is socketed, along with some other components, but the machine was not designed to be upgraded or serviced in this way. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The iMac Pro is now available—here’s how people are already using it," 14 Dec. 2017 Men who couldn’t handle a drill and socket wrench if their lives depended on it love a good duct tape challenge. Southern Living, "Why Southerners Love "Duck" Tape," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of socket


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners Definition of socket

: 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


sock·​et | \ˈsä-kət \

Kids Definition of socket

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


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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