What does socket mean?

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ˈsɒk ɪtsock·et

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. socketnoun

    a bony hollow into which a structure fits

  2. socketnoun

    receptacle where something (a pipe or probe or end of a bone) is inserted

  3. socketnoun

    a receptacle into which an electric device can be inserted


  1. Socketnoun

    (Electricity) the receptacle of an electric lamp into which a light bulb is inserted, containing contacts to conduct electricity to the bulb.

    Etymology: [OE. soket, a dim. through OF. fr. L. soccus. See Sock a covering for the foot.]

  2. Socketnoun

    (Electricity) the receptacle fixed in a wall and connected by conductive wiring to an electrical supply, containing contacts to conduct electricity, and into which the plug of an electrical device is inserted; -- called also a wall socket or outlet. The socket will typically have two or three contacts; if three, the third is connected to a ground for safety.

    Etymology: [OE. soket, a dim. through OF. fr. L. soccus. See Sock a covering for the foot.]


  1. socketnoun

    An opening into which a plug or other connecting part is designed to fit (e.g. a light bulb socket).

    Etymology: From soket, "spearhead" (diminutive of soc: plowshare), from soccus.

  2. socketnoun

    A hollow into a bone which a part fits, such as an eye, or another bone, in the case of a joint.

    Etymology: From soket, "spearhead" (diminutive of soc: plowshare), from soccus.

  3. socketnoun

    A two-way named pipe on Unix and Unix-like systems, used for interprocess communication.

    Etymology: From soket, "spearhead" (diminutive of soc: plowshare), from soccus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Socketnoun

    an opening into which anything is fitted; any hollow thing or place which receives and holds something else; as, the sockets of the teeth

    Etymology: [OE. soket, a dim. through OF. fr. L. soccus. See Sock a covering for the foot.]

  2. Socketnoun

    especially, the hollow tube or place in which a candle is fixed in the candlestick

    Etymology: [OE. soket, a dim. through OF. fr. L. soccus. See Sock a covering for the foot.]


  1. Socket

    Socket is an independent sci-fi thriller directed by Sean Abley and produced by John Carrozza, Sean Abley, Matt Mishkoff and Doug Prinzivalli, starring Derek Long as Dr. Bill and Matthew Montgomery as Dr. Craig Murphy. It was released in 2007.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Socket

    sok′et, n. a hollow into which something is inserted, the receptacle of the eye, &c.: a hollow tool for grasping and lifting tools dropped in a well-boring: the hollow of a candlestick: a steel apparatus attached to the saddle to protect thighs and legs.—v.t. to provide with or place in a socket.—n. Sock′et-bolt, a bolt for passing through a thimble placed between the parts connected by the bolt.—p.adj. Sock′eted, provided with, placed in, or received in a socket. [A dim. of sock.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. socket

    Generally means any hollow pipe that receives something inserted.

Editors Contribution

  1. socket

    A shape within the body of an animal or human where an element of the body connects.

    We as humans and animals have eye sockets, hip sockets and arm sockets.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  
  2. socket

    A type of electrical connection created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The socket for the plug was visible in the sitting room so the light was plugged in there.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of socket in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of socket in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of socket in a Sentence

  1. Justin Pfaff:

    As you’re climbing and really putting a lot of pressure on your limbs … you push fluid out of the limb and then the socket is more loose than it was before because the limb has gotten smaller is size.

  2. Brian Hopkins:

    I basically have two myoelectric nodes that sit in the socket, and they’re able to pick up signals in what’s left of my arm.

  3. Chad Hammel:

    Once we got him on the kayak we could really see what happened, and his whole clavicle's ripped open ; you could see the ball and socket joint and everything.

  4. Caroline Wozniacki:

    I had my ankle injury and broke two ligaments, my foot kind of went out of its socket. I was trying to slide on a clay court at full speed, and it just got stuck. I was actually wearing a brace, and the next day the doctor told me if I hadn’t been, my bone would probably have been sticking out of my foot. It was excruciating.

  5. Casey Holliday:

    Dinosaurs are like modern-day birds, crocodiles and lizards in that they inherited particular joints in their skulls from fish ball and socket joints, much like peoples hip joints that seem to lend themselves, but not always, to movement like in snakes, when you put a lot of force on things, theresa tradeoff between movement and stability. Birds and lizards have more movement but less stability.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    • A. contagious
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