socket wrench


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

Illustration of socket wrench

Illustration of socket wrench

Examples of socket wrench in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Replacing a defective socket or socket wrench can be a matter of bringing the broken tool to the place of purchase and receiving a replacement—often no questions asked. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2023 With the wheel cover off, use a socket wrench to remove the wheel bolt. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 17 Mar. 2023 After saturating the blade bolt with penetrant (shown above), place a block of wood behind the blade to keep it from turning and loosen the bolt with a socket wrench. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 17 Mar. 2023 Tighten the bolt on by hand, and finish tightening it with a socket wrench. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 17 Mar. 2023 Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the pad, then take a long flat screwdriver or extended socket wrench to reach the stock bolt and undo it. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 27 Feb. 2023 On Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney An Dang told a Vista Superior Court jury that Ortega armed himself with a gun, knife and socket wrench, slipped inside and killed both women, then tried to cover it up. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2022 Dang told the jury Ortega carried a gun, a knife and a socket wrench. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2022 That’s right, the Clippers went on a 46-23 run, while the Jazz puzzled over and pieced together what was hitting them upside the head like a swinging socket wrench. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of socket wrench was circa 1890

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“Socket wrench.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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