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  1. a hollow part or piece for receiving and holding some part or thing.
  2. Electricity.
    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.
  3. Anatomy.
    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)
  1. 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 formssock·et·less, adjectiveun·sock·et·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for socketed

Historical Examples of socketed

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for socketed


  1. a device into which an electric plug can be inserted in order to make a connection in a circuit
  2. mainly British such a device mounted on a wall and connected to the electricity supplyInformal Brit names: point, plug US and Canadian name: outlet
  3. a part with an opening or hollow into which some other part, such as a pipe, probe, etc, can be fitted
  4. 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
  5. anatomy
    1. a bony hollow into which a part or structure fitsa tooth socket; an eye socket
    2. the receptacle of a ball-and-socket joint
  1. (tr) to furnish with or place into a socket

Word Origin for socket

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

socketed in Medicine


  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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