from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An opening or a cavity into which an inserted part is designed to fit: a light-bulb socket.
- n. Anatomy The concave part of a joint that receives the end of a bone.
- n. Anatomy A hollow or concavity into which a part, such as the eye, fits.
- transitive v. To furnish with or insert into a socket.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An opening into which a plug or other connecting part is designed to fit (e.g. a light bulb socket).
- n. A hollow into a bone which a part fits, such as an eye, or another bone, in the case of a joint.
- n. A two-way named pipe on Unix and Unix-like systems, used for interprocess communication.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An opening into which anything is fitted; any hollow thing or place which receives and holds something else.
- n. Especially, the hollow tube or place in which a candle is fixed in the candlestick.
- n. the receptacle of an electric lamp into which a light bulb is inserted, containing contacts to conduct electricity to the bulb.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An opening or cavity into which anything is fitted; any hollow thing or place which receives and holds something else.
- n. Specifically A small hollow tube or depression in a candlestick to hold a candle. Also called nozle.
- n. In anatomy, specifically, the hollow of one part which receives another; the concavity or excavation of an articulation: as, an eye-socket; the socket of the hip.
- n. In mining, the end of a shot-hole, when this remains visible after the shot has been fired.
- n. In well-boring, a tool with various forms of gripping mechanism, for seizing and lifting tools dropped in the tube.
- n. In the just, a defense of steel attached to the saddle, and serving to protect the legs and thighs. Compare bur, 3 . Also socquette.
- To provide with or place in a socket.
- n. In golf, the neck of a club into which the shaft runs.
- n. A chuck or holder on the end of a drill-spindle having a taper-hole to receive the corresponding taper-shank of the drill or of another socket.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a receptacle into which an electric device can be inserted
- n. receptacle where something (a pipe or probe or end of a bone) is inserted
- n. a bony hollow into which a structure fits
Middle English soket, from Anglo-Norman, spearhead, diminutive of soc, plowshare, probably of Celtic origin; see sū- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman soket, "spearhead" (diminutive of Old French soc: plowshare), from Vulgar Latin soccus. (Wiktionary)