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sock•et /ˈsɑkɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a hollow part that contains or fits into another part:a socket for a light bulb.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
sock•et  (sokit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a hollow part or piece for receiving and holding some part or thing.
  2. Electricity
    • 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.
  3. Anatomy
    • a hollow in one part that receives another part:the socket of the eye.
    • the concavity of a joint:the socket of the hip.

  1. to place in or fit with a socket.
socket•less, adj. 
  • Gaulish *soccos; compare Welsh swch, Old Irish socc) + -et -et
  • Anglo-French, equivalent. to Old French soc plowshare (
  • Middle English soket 1300–50

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socket /ˈsɒkɪt/ n
  1. a device into which an electric plug can be inserted in order to make a connection in a circuit
  2. chiefly Brit such a device mounted on a wall and connected to the electricity supply
  3. a part with an opening or hollow into which some other part, such as a pipe, probe, etc, can be fitted
  4. a bony hollow into which a part or structure fits: a tooth socket, an eye socket
  5. the receptacle of a ball-and-socket joint
  1. (transitive) to furnish with or place into a socket
Etymology: 13th Century: from Anglo-Norman soket a little ploughshare, from soc, of Celtic origin; compare Cornish soch ploughshare

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