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 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 In time, Culcu said her trial socket prosthetics will be lengthened with a knee joint and then extended below the knee. Zeynep Bilginsoy And Mehmet Guzel, Fox News, "Syrian girl born without legs gets new prosthetics in Turkey," 8 July 2018 In time, Culcu said her trial socket prosthetics will be lengthened with a knee joint and then extended below the knee. Washington Post, "Syrian girl born without legs gets new prosthetics in Turkey," 8 July 2018 In a reverse shoulder replacement, the ball and socket joint is replaced in reverse. Elise Riley, azcentral, "Raise your hand," 2 July 2018 An arriving officer talked to the owner, who said someone smashed out the window of his 2004 Dodge Ram and took more than $900 in tools, including an impact wrench socket set. John Benson,, "Parma man arrested for returning stolen dog food: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 18 Jan. 2018 After undergoing emergency surgery to clean her empty orbital sockets, Muthart spent weeks in recovery at Greenville Memorial Hospital before completing a stay at a psychiatric facility. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Woman Who Gouged Out Her Own Eyes Opens Up 3 Months Later: I 'Feel Like Myself' Again," 30 May 2018 By June 2015, though, Damian was having severe pain in his left eye again, and the eyeball later swelled to twice its normal size, protruding out of the socket, Creed said. Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "'They killed my kid.' Parents sue renowned doctor, hospital after children die of cancer | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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