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 Outlet gaskets or socket sealers are foam plates that fit behind outlets' cover panels. Matt Jancer, Wired, "Gear and Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home and Stay Warm," 3 Jan. 2021 The most common are the cross-shaped universal lug wrench that features four different socket sizes, one on each end (or sometimes three with a wedge used to pop off wheel covers and hubcaps). The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Know When Buying a Tire Iron (Lug Wrench)," 12 Sep. 2019 Adding a bit of technology to your home setup can be as simple as putting the Kasa Smart Plug in a socket. Jonathan Bender, NBC News, "The 9 best gifts for coworkers this holiday season," 10 Dec. 2020 Booker, whose right leg was amputated below the knee at the age of 10 months, plays basketball, soccer and other sports with the aid of a custom carbon fiber socket tailored to his residual limb, or a hybrid high-activity foot. Larry Luxner,, "Global celebration highlights achievements of Masa Israel fellows during pandemic year," 17 Dec. 2020 Next, insert the tool into the bulb'’ socket and squeeze the trigger to activate a piezo circuit. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix a String of Christmas Lights," 19 Nov. 2020 Just dock it in the cigarette lighter socket of your car or other 12-volt power receptacle. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best Wayfair Cyber Monday sales," 30 Nov. 2020 Functional lines of computer code, known as software interfaces, connect one service to another, like a digital plug and socket. Brad Smith, WSJ, "Is Your iPhone Too Easy to Use?," 6 Oct. 2020 The pain feels like my knee is being pulled out of its socket, and my knees start aching after a couple of hours. Whizy Kim,, "The Literal Pain Of Working From Home," 14 Dec. 2020 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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18 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Socket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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