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[sok-it] /ˈsɒk ɪt/
a hollow part or piece for receiving and holding some part or thing.
  1. a device intended to hold an electric light bulb mechanically and connect it electrically to circuit wires.
  2. Also called wall socket. a socket placed in a wall to receive a plug that makes an electrical connection with supply wiring.
  1. a hollow in one part that receives another part:
    the socket of the eye.
  2. the concavity of a joint:
    the socket of the hip.
verb (used with object)
to place in or fit with a socket.
Origin of socket
1300-50; Middle English soket < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French soc plowshare (< Gaulish *soccos; compare Welsh swch, Old Irish socc) + -et -et
Related forms
socketless, adjective
unsocketed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for socketed
Historical Examples
  • The half-caste peaked and socketed his oar, and looked at the officer.

  • The stave here is socketed and the pin turned to a smaller diameter.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • socketed bronze hammers resembling the Irish examples are fairly common in England and on the Continent.

  • Two remarkably fine specimens of this type were found in 1912 with a socketed spear-head at Tempo, County Fermanagh.

  • Tyrone, about 1882, and consisted of seven blocks of sandstone for casting tanged and socketed spear-heads.

  • socketed bronze celt, bronze fibula, bronze ring, and disk-headed Bronze-Age pin.

  • A socketed bronze celt and gold ring-money found together near Belfast.

  • socketed bronze sickles have been found fairly frequently in different parts of Ireland.

  • It was a sun-dial, its vine-clad disk cut of gray polished stone in which its metal tongue was socketed.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • The other is a singular form of socketed spear, differing from any example I have met with elsewhere.

British Dictionary definitions for socketed


a device into which an electric plug can be inserted in order to make a connection in a circuit
(mainly Brit) such a device mounted on a wall and connected to the electricity supply Informal 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
  1. a bony hollow into which a part or structure fits: a tooth socket, an eye socket
  2. the receptacle of a ball-and-socket joint
(transitive) to furnish with or place into a socket
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman soket a little ploughshare, from soc, of Celtic origin; compare Cornish soch ploughshare
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Word Origin and History for socketed



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.

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socketed in Medicine

socket sock·et (sŏk'ĭt)

  1. The concave part of a joint that receives the articular end of a bone.

  2. A hollow or concavity into which a part, such as an eye fits.

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