Definition: Meaning of, socket in English to English dictionary.

Pronunciation: / ˈsɒkɪt /

  • noun
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Word Forms:
Singular Plural
socket sockets
  1. a place in a wall where you can connect electrical equipment to the supply of electricity [=  power point British English ; =  outlet AmE]
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  2. the place on a piece of electrical equipment that you put a PLUG or a LIGHT BULB into
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  3. a hollow part of a structure into which something fits
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socket used in phrases

  • ball-and-socket joint (noun)
    1. a freely moving joint in which a sphere on the head of one bone fits into a rounded cavity in the other bone
    2. a joint that can rotate within a socket
  • dry socket (noun)
    1. inflammation in the socket of a tooth; sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted and a blood clot fails to form
  • electric socket (noun)
    1. a socket into which a lightbulb can be inserted
  • eye socket (noun)
    1. the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball
  • hip socket (noun)
    1. the socket part of the ball-and-socket joint between the head of the femur and the innominate bone
  • socket wrench (noun)
    1. a wrench with a handle onto which sockets of different sizes can be fitted
  • tooth socket (noun)
    1. a bony socket in the alveolar ridge that holds a tooth
  • wall socket (noun)
    1. receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices
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