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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 See More

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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 31 Jan. 2023.

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