socket wrench


Definition of socket wrench

: a wrench usually in the form of a bar and removable socket made to fit a bolt or nut

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Examples of socket wrench in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gobert thumped the Nugs early, feasting off the aforementioned feeds into the paint, where Jokic was no match for him, and Conley swung a socket wrench from the outside, helping the Jazz build a 20-point lead before the break. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: The Utah Jazz are killing the Denver Nuggets, and the Nuggets know it," 22 Aug. 2020 Using a socket wrench, carefully unscrew the drain plug. cleveland, "Can coronavirus affect your car? Maintenance is key especially now," 30 Mar. 2020 The archaeologists noticed that tools in different families were made with different materials, the same way a mallet is made of a different material than a saw or a socket wrench. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Our Ancient Ancestors Were Pretty Excellent Engineers," 5 Feb. 2020 Workers secured it with set screws and a socket wrench. Washington Post, "In the capital of the Confederacy, a new monument and a chance to change the narrative," 10 Dec. 2019 Name: Stephen Bandura Patent Application No.: 62/436,808 Patent: Ground Clamp Socket: A socket wrench fixture to easily tighten any electrical ground clamp, saving time—and the risk of accidental exposure to 35,000 volts. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "I Invented a Socket That Could Save My Life," 19 Mar. 2019 In between, there was everything from girdles to socket wrenches, dresses to guns, dolls to washing machines. Allen G. Breed, The Seattle Times, "Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day," 16 Oct. 2018 Ng’s Ester has the tenacious focus of a socket wrench, be her object an athletic scholarship to college or Amy’s notice and esteem. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young womanhood sopping wet with bodily fluids in Shotgun’s ‘Dry Land’," 31 May 2018 In the midst of trial Tuesday, attorneys for the city of Chicago settled a lawsuit brought by a Northwest Side man shot in his garage by a Chicago police officer who mistook a socket wrench in the man’s hand for a gun in 2011. Elyssa Cherney,, "City settles lawsuit over shooting by Chicago police officer in midst of trial," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of socket wrench

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of socket wrench was circa 1890

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27 Aug 2020

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“Socket wrench.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of socket wrench

US : a tool that has a part which fits over the end of a bolt or nut and is used to turn it

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