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


She plugged the lamp into the socket. He screwed the lightbulb into the socket. His shoulder popped out of its socket.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In August 2018, Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir found herself desperately, and unsuccessfully, trying to plug her European electric equipment into a Soviet-era power socket. Ellen Emmerentze Jervell, Billboard, "Icelandic Artist Drew Sounds From Power Plant to Compose 'Chernobyl' Soundtrack," 15 Aug. 2019 The cast also spoke at length about Skarsgard, including his ability to stare straight ahead with one eye while rotating the other around in its socket. Los Angeles Times, "The cast and crew of ‘It Chapter Two’ share secrets from the set at Comic-Con," 18 July 2019 The wooden propellers, the removable 50-megawatt electric motors (equivalent to 80 wall sockets), and the aluminum frame are all designed by Alauda. Ben Morse, CNN, "Airspeeder: Motor racing series aims to be the Formula One of the skies," 26 June 2019 The two men stole a screwdriver set; a wrench and socket set; two metal dollies; three body hammers; four sets of pliers; a jack; and a tool bag during the June 4 incident, according to police reports. Evan Macdonald,, "Duo attacked friends looking for work in Cleveland, stole $2,300 in tools from SUV, records say," 18 June 2019 His rugged, square-jawed face and shock of white hair was also emblazoned on the pop sockets of their iPhone cases. Stephen Battaglio, Detroit Free Press, "The verdict is in: Viewers can't get enough true-crime stories from NBC's ‘Dateline’," 14 July 2019 His rugged, square-jawed face and shock of white hair was also emblazoned on the pop sockets of their iPhone cases. Stephen Battaglio,, "NBC’s ‘Dateline’ is riding high on TV's true-crime wave," 11 July 2019 In the case of the outlet Nicole used above, the socket is cut into the marble top of the kitchen island (one of two!). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Designer Nicole Fuller Explains Her Obsession with this Ingenious Pop-Up Outlet," 2 July 2019 Honesty was maintained within the chain of command, although the man who dropped the socket had trouble articulating the truth of the situation for half an hour afterward. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "America Never Had a Chernobyl. But It Came Close.," 5 June 2019

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, "I updated my crusty old Pentium G-based server—the results are worth sharing," 8 July 2019 This processor is paired with up to 64GB socketed, user-serviceable RAM. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Mac mini review—a testament to Apple’s stubbornness," 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, "The iMac Pro is now available—here’s how people are already using it," 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, "Why Southerners Love "Duck" Tape," 1 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of socket

: a device in a wall into which an electric cord can be plugged
: an opening on a piece of electrical equipment into which a plug, light bulb, etc., fits
: a hollow part in a bone that holds an eye, a tooth, or another bone


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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to make a temporary encampment

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