- a hollow part or piece for receiving and holding some part or thing.
- a device intended to hold an electric light bulb mechanically and connect it electrically to circuit wires.
- Also called wall socket.a socket placed in a wall to receive a plug that makes an electrical connection with supply wiring.
- a hollow in one part that receives another part: the socket of the eye.
- the concavity of a joint: the socket of the hip.
- to place in or fit with a socket.
Origin of socket
Examples from the Web for socket
During a trip to Dallas for Super Bowl 2011 festivities, she writes that Russell “knocked her jaw out of the socket.”Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong Tells All. Or Does She?
February 7, 2012
Do you think the button at the top may have had a socket for a horse hair plume?Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
A candle had been burning in the parlour, but it was now spluttering in the fat at the socket.The Manxman
With a report that rang through the room like a pistol shot, it broke off in its socket.The Tavern Knight
And behind her the lamp in its socket on the wall smoked a trifle from a too-high wick.Once to Every Man
I fell into the chair, jammed the rod-butt into the socket, and began to pump and wind.Tales of Fishes
- a device into which an electric plug can be inserted in order to make a connection in a circuit
- mainly British such a device mounted on a wall and connected to the electricity supplyInformal Brit names: point, plug US and Canadian name: outlet
- a part with an opening or hollow into which some other part, such as a pipe, probe, etc, can be fitted
- a spanner head having a recess suitable to be fitted over the head of a bolt and a keyway into which a wrench can be fitted
- a bony hollow into which a part or structure fitsa tooth socket; an eye socket
- the receptacle of a ball-and-socket joint
- (tr) to furnish with or place into a socket
Word Origin and History for socket
c.1300, "spearhead" (originally one shaped like a plowshare), from Anglo-French soket "spearhead, plowshare" (mid-13c.), diminutive of Old French soc "plowshare," from Vulgar Latin *soccus, perhaps from a Gaulish source, from Celtic *sukko- (cf. Welsh swch "plowshare," Middle Irish soc "plowshare"), properly "hog's snout," from PIE *su- "pig" (cf. Latin sus "swine;" see sow (n.) "female pig").
Meaning "hollow part or piece for receiving and holding something" first recorded early 15c.; anatomical sense is from c.1600; domestic electrical sense first recorded 1885. Socket wrench is attested from 1837. The verb is 1530s, from the noun. Related: Socketed; socketing.
- The concave part of a joint that receives the articular end of a bone.
- A hollow or concavity into which a part, such as an eye fits.