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sock·​et ˈsä-kət How to pronounce socket (audio)
: an opening or hollow that forms a holder for something
an electric bulb socket
the eye socket


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socketed; socketing; sockets

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 light bulb into the socket. His shoulder popped out of its socket.
Recent Examples on the Web
Consider where the electric sockets are located in your balcony. Aksha Mittapalli, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2024 The ASRock has the most storage options (13 ports and slots total) and a PCIe 5.0-capable M.2 socket, but the others don't stand out. Joe Shields, PCMAG, 25 June 2024
Last year, the company extended support for Ryzen 5000 CPUs to all socket AM4 systems, including motherboards with 300-series chipsets that date all the way back to 2017. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 30 June 2023 This time, make-up artist Scott Barnes eschewed brown and beige neutrals in favor of a different color spectrum, dusting different shades of grey from lash line to socket. Georgia Day, Vogue, 2 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for socket 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1533, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Socket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an opening or hollow that forms a holder for something
the eye socket
screwed the light bulb into the socket

Medical Definition


sock·​et ˈsäk-ət How to pronounce socket (audio)
: an opening or hollow that forms a holder for something: as
: 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
: a cavity terminating an artificial limb into which the bodily stump fits see suction socket
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