- 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)
- sock puppet,
- sock suspender,
- socket wrench,
- sockeye salmon,
Origin of socket
Examples from the Web for socketed
The other is a singular form of socketed spear, differing from any example I have met with elsewhere.The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland|Daniel Wilson
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
Both flanged and socketed celts occurred, the iron being much more numerous than the bronze.
Socketed bronze sickles have been found fairly frequently in different parts of Ireland.The Bronze Age in Ireland|George Coffey
It is short and is socketed into a shaft which runs to the head of the machine and is driven by gearing as usual.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
- 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.