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

Noun 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 Made by the Japanese company Kubota, the pipes can move horizontally and vertically like a ball and socket, said Katie Miller, director of water capital programs at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the pandemic might help San Francisco respond to the next big earthquake," 17 Apr. 2021 One eye is discolored — a cloudy whitish-blue; the other is popping out of its socket. Olivia Harrison,, "Meet The Adults Who Still Sleep With Security Blankets," 15 Apr. 2021 One good example of this is in support of single-socket SKUs. Matt Kimball, Forbes, "Intel's Launch Of Ice Lake Makes A Statement," 7 Apr. 2021 Instead of a Torx bit, these are removed with a 10-mm socket. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Door and Roof Removal: Bronco vs. Wrangler," 2 Mar. 2021 Most need little more than an open wall socket to operate, and many connect with the push of a button. Popular Science, "Best WiFi booster: Always have internet no matter where you are," 23 Feb. 2021 Instead of applying concealer in swaths or triangle shapes, Espinal targets the inner corner of the eye and up into the socket to blanket any darkness. Jacqueline Kilikita,, "7 Simple Makeup Tricks That Give Rihanna Her Glow, According To Her Artist," 9 Feb. 2021 So far this year, research at the observatory had characterized the spin, rotation, and shape of 67 asteroids before an auxiliary cable came loose from a socket on one of the site's towers in August, Lugo said. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "The economic loss of Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory is already being felt. It's also very personal," 6 Dec. 2020 This handy little dongle is an ideal solution for audiophiles who want to use a pair of high-quality headphones on a modern smartphone that lacks a headphone socket. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "This Small Dongle Brings Hi-Fi Sound To Your Phone," 12 Apr. 2021 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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The first known use of socket was in the 15th century

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“Socket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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