Meaning of SOCKET in English

I. ˈsäkə̇t, usu -ə̇d.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English soket spearhead shaped like a plowshare, support of a spear or pole, socket, from Anglo-French, diminutive of Old French soc plowshare, of Celtic origin; akin to Cornish soch plowshare, Middle Irish soc plowshare, snout of a hog, Old Irish socc hog — more at sow (hog)


a. : an opening or hollow that forms a holder for something : a hollow piece that serves as a standard or support for a pole, rod, shaft, or similarly shaped object

the whip was in its socket beside him — Kathleen Freeman

put the flagpole in its socket

a candle socket

b. : any of various hollows in body structures in which some other part normally lodges

the bony socket of the eye

an inflamed tooth socket

especially : the depression in a bone with which the rounded head of another bone fits in a ball-and-socket joint

the acetabulum or socket of the hip joint

c. : a cavity terminating an artificial limb into which the bodily stump fits

suction socket

d. : bell 5i


a. : a device to receive and grip the end of a thing (as a rope, tool, incandescent lamp, or shaft of a golf club)

screwed the light bulb into the socket

b. : any of several fishing tools for catching the outside of pipe or tools lost in an oil well

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to provide with or support in or by a socket

2. : to insert, screw, or secure in a socket

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