sock·​et | \ ˈsä-kət How to pronounce socket (audio) \

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

Noun 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 Pioneered by the United States Navy decades ago, the system — essentially a giant plug on the wharf that extends to sockets onboard — lets ships in port turn off their massive diesel engines and draw power from the local electric grid. Lisa M. Collins, New York Times, "How Cruise Ships Bring 1,200 Tons of Toxic Fumes to Brooklyn a Year," 27 Dec. 2019 Pioneered by the Navy decades ago, the system — essentially a giant plug on the wharf that extends to sockets onboard — lets ships turn off massive diesel engines and draw power from the electric grid., "To help encourage cruise lines to plug in while docked, the city and the New York state Power Authority agreed to help pay half of Carnival’s electric bill as long as the company agreed to retrofit its ships, at a cost of up to $4 million, to plug in.," 27 Dec. 2019 Make sure all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "How to keep kids safe around your holiday decorations," 19 Dec. 2019 The good news is that this adapter, which comes with one socket plug and 4 USB outlets, is now on sale for over half off its original price tag and works in over 180 countries. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "New at Amazon Outlet: Shop our 10 favorite steals," 31 Oct. 2019 Four minutes and 21 seconds after going down, the cart carrying the quarterback disappeared under the seating bowl where X-rays were performed and the hip was placed back in the socket. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Nick Saban, OL recall 4 minutes, 21 seconds of confusion, concern after Tua’s injury," 18 Nov. 2019 The basic issue with hip dysplasia is that the ball and socket of the hip joint stop fitting properly, causing the joint to deteriorate. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Medicare for pets — it’s not as crazy as you think," 15 Oct. 2019 EVs convert a far higher proportion of the energy from the socket to power their wheels than a conventional vehicle does. Washington Post, "Electric Vehicles Mean More Power to You," 20 Sep. 2019 Andrews’ frustration, with a health-insurance system that helps amputees to obtain a prosthesis only for walking (along with the socket that joins the prosthesis to the residual limb). Theoden Janes,, "Woman who lost foot to cancer helps others feel whole again," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead, three four-bay modules are socketed into the base-model chassis' nine 5.25-inch open bays. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "I updated my crusty old Pentium G-based server—the results are worth sharing," 8 July 2019 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 Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish soc plowshare, snout; akin to Old English sugu sow — more at sow

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The first known use of socket was in the 15th century

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Socket.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce socket (audio) \

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 How to pronounce socket (audio) \

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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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