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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sock•et /ˈsɑkɪt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- a hollow part that contains or fits into another part:a socket for a light bulb.
(sok′it),USA pronunciation n.
- a hollow part or piece for receiving and holding some part or thing.
- 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.
- a hollow in one part that receives another part:the socket of the eye.
- the concavity of a joint:the socket of the hip.
- to place in or fit with a socket.
- Gaulish *soccos; compare Welsh swch, Old Irish socc) + -et -et
- Anglo-French, equivalent. to Old French soc plowshare (
- Middle English soket 1300–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
socket /ˈsɒkɪt/ n
- a device into which an electric plug can be inserted in order to make a connection in a circuit
- chiefly Brit such a device mounted on a wall and connected to the electricity supply
- a part with an opening or hollow into which some other part, such as a pipe, probe, etc, can be fitted
- a bony hollow into which a part or structure fits: a tooth socket, an eye socket
- the receptacle of a ball-and-socket joint
Etymology: 13th Century: from Anglo-Norman soket a little ploughshare, from soc, of Celtic origin; compare Cornish soch ploughshare
- (transitive) to furnish with or place into a socket
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