- 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
Related Words for socketedhuge, spacious, gaping, vast, roomy, yawning, broad, commodious, concave, deep, resonant, sepulchral, sunken, wide, alveolate, chambered, chasmal, deep-set, reverberant, socketed
Examples from the Web for socketed
Historical Examples of socketed
The half-caste peaked and socketed his oar, and looked at the officer.John Frewen, South Sea Whaler
The stave here is socketed and the pin turned to a smaller diameter.Woodwork Joints
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.
- 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
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.