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 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 Bore pilot holes for the lagbolts, and then drive them in with a socket wrench [14]. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 23 Oct. 2020 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, 22 Aug. 2020 Using a socket wrench, carefully unscrew the drain plug. cleveland, 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, 5 Feb. 2020 Workers secured it with set screws and a socket wrench. Washington Post, 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, 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, 16 Oct. 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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English Language Learners Definition of socket wrench

: 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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