- 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.
verb (used with object)
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?|Diane Dimond|February 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
For an instant I saw her standing in that position—then the wick of the spent candle fell over into the socket.The Lock And Key Library|Various
The second is to be fixed by a socket beneath it to a pole that is placed along the shafts of the carriage.
The invention consists in mounting the leading axle in a ball and long socket, the socket being rotated in fixed bearings.
That evening he worked on the socket of the steel hook, and in two days he had the job finished.The Mystery|Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
The candle was burning out in the socket, and the smell which came from it made the ladies draw out their smelling-bottles.The Queen's Necklace|Alexandre Dumas pre
British Dictionary definitions for socket
- a bony hollow into which a part or structure fitsa tooth socket; an eye socket
- the receptacle of a ball-and-socket joint
Word Origin for 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.