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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Equipped with the optional Pro Power Onboard system, the Lightning can supply 9.6 kW of AC power to 11 outlets, including one 240V socket in the cargo bed. Dan Neil, WSJ, 12 May 2022 The easiest answer is that the AI is doing a text regurgitation, similar to the instance of Alexa and the penny in the electric socket saga. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The left one holds a socket set and the air hose and inflator for my Power Tank. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 18 Apr. 2022 Drop-in upgrade for virtually all existing socket AM4 systems after a BIOS update. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 15 Apr. 2022 For example, some scarcely visible component of a prosthesis—such as the socket that attaches the limb to the wearer’s body—may improve. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 31 Aug. 2021 The news at the time reported that Alexa had told a 10-year-old girl to put a penny in an electrical socket. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Last year, for instance, two high schoolers in Massachusetts reportedly were charged with burning a building and destruction of property after singing an electrical socket in their classroom. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 31 Dec. 2021 Better to plug in to a standard 120-volt wall socket for 5 ½ hours every night. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2022 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, 8 July 2019 This processor is paired with up to 64GB socketed, user-serviceable RAM. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 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, 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, 1 May 2017 See More

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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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“Socket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for socket


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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