Definition of socket in English:



  • 1A natural or artificial hollow into which something fits or in which something revolves.

    ‘the eye socket’
    • ‘Their eyes are darkened in their sockets, cheeks hollow and shrunken, their heads and hands unnaturally out of proportion as if they are famine victims.’
    • ‘The left maxilla preserves 13 tooth sockets, which are slightly larger than the premaxillary tooth sockets.’
    • ‘The eyes often escape unharmed even when facial injury is severe and the bony socket (the orbit) has been fractured.’
    • ‘He saw himself incredibly emaciated, covered in filth, his cheeks drawn and his own eyes looked back at him from hollow sockets colored with despair, pleading for help.’
    • ‘Robinson's next patent, also with Draper and Lord, was for a method of attaching a knob to the socket by turning over the edge of the socket to grasp the bottom of the knob.’
    • ‘The result was an exact plaster mould of my stump, which Ian will use to make the socket onto which my artificial leg will be attached.’
    • ‘You can hold rock still in the chair where you are now reading this and roll your eyes around in their sockets to look at the floor, left wall, ceiling or right wall.’
    • ‘The orbit is a socket for the eyeball, muscles, nerves, and vessels that are necessary for proper functioning of the eye.’
    • ‘Thomas fractured a shoulder socket during his first crack at the World Masters tournament in Ireland's Londonderry.’
    • ‘More often than not, due to the delay and lack of adequate care of the socket, a ready fitting of the artificial eye is impossible.’
    • ‘The hip socket will be hollowed out to make a shallow cup and an artificial socket will be placed into it.’
    • ‘The skull, which measures a metre by a metre-and-a-half, is so well preserved that delicate features, such as cheekbones, are still intact and some teeth are still in their sockets.’
    • ‘And all the time her eyes, with their long lashes in their dark hollow sockets will gaze into the eyes of a man who loved her truly and knowingly married her.’
    • ‘The artificial socket is made of high density plastic and the new ball with its stem is made of strong, stainless metal.’
    • ‘If the socket continues to bleed lie a gauze pad across the socket and ask the patient to bite on it for 15-30 minutes.’
    • ‘My prosthetist, Ian, bulked up the inside of the socket of the artificial leg with a liner, which has made for a much tighter and snugger fit.’
    • ‘Now lean on the club by bending from the hip sockets to get into a ‘ready’ position, the knees slightly flexed and the upper back straight, not rounded.’
    • ‘He's going to remake the socket, building in a soft rubber pad and extra space to accommodate the troublesome bone.’
    • ‘Located between the teeth, hinge sockets provide the space for holding the tooth of the opposite valve.’
    • ‘I managed to reach the bouldering height limit after stretching as far as I could and practically pulling the bones out of my shoulder sockets.’
    space, chamber, hollow, hole, pocket, pouch
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    1. 1.1The part of the head of a golf club into which the shaft is fitted.
      • ‘The shaft or neck or socket of a putter may be fixed at any point in the head.’
      • ‘Seve cut his sticks to length, whittled a point in the slender end and drove it into the hosel - the round socket at the top of the iron head.’
      • ‘The shaft must be attached to the clubhead at the heel either directly or through a single plain neck and/or socket.’
      • ‘The heads were attached to the wooden shaft by a socket.’
  • 2An electrical device receiving a plug or light bulb to make a connection.

    • ‘Inventor Adrian Oldham has designed a gadget aimed at preventing children playing with plugs and electric sockets.’
    • ‘Now the Bobby Van teams will advise on fire safety, suggesting that too many electrical devices plugged into the one socket is not a good idea and making sure that smoke alarms are fitted and working.’
    • ‘Unplug appliances and lamps, and remove light bulbs from their sockets.’
    • ‘In all six conference rooms sockets for digital telephones have been installed, making it possible to install fax machines and modems, which can be rented from the hotel.’
    • ‘Southern Electric claims it has received a ‘good amount of interest’ in its commercial trial of broadband through three-pin electrical sockets in Winchester.’
    • ‘Unlike conventional electrical appliances, which are simply plugged into a wall socket, computers and their peripherals are connected by any number of lines.’
    • ‘When you look at those lights remember all those who in past years on voluntary work that took months in planning, putting bulbs in sockets and putting the lights up and taking them down.’
    • ‘Korjo and Design Go both make travel jugs, for plugging in to electrical sockets or car cigarette lighters, costing around $80.’
    • ‘Do not attempt to plug a generator into an electric socket in a wall.’
    • ‘Socket guards stop children receiving electric shocks from poking objects into plug sockets.’
    • ‘Communications Minister Dermot Ahern has finalised plans to trial technology that delivers an internet connection through power sockets.’
    • ‘Catherine was having trouble screwing a light bulb in its socket and one of the men lifted her up and allowed her to reach it.’
    • ‘All it needs is a flat surface to rest on and an electrical socket to plug into.’
    • ‘The quick-thinking mum also pulled all plugs from electric sockets in the house.’
    • ‘The vehicle has a compressor driven from plugging into an electric socket that recharges the compressed air in 3 to 4 hours.’
    • ‘Other scenes depict the agents as idiots and slapstick figures barely able to push a plug into an electric socket.’
    • ‘At the inquest, local electrician Thomas Durkin revealed that there was no leaked earth or circuit breaker in the connection to a plug socket in a neighbouring house.’
    • ‘Remember, you can only plug mains voltage lighting into an external socket as low voltage lighting requires a transformer and currently most transformers are not suitable for outside use.’
    • ‘By plugging the $129 device into an electric socket, Mac and PC owners can extend their wireless network to any room.’
    • ‘Agatha gave a little squeak of distress and pulled the computer's electrical cable out of the plug socket.’
    aperture, opening, outlet, inlet, socket, vent, passage, porthole, trap, embrasure, door, gate
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  • 1Place in or fit with a socket.

    ‘by then, arrowheads were normally socketed’
    • ‘The caissons themselves are socketed into rock located 1.2 or 2.4 m below ground, depending on the location.’
    • ‘More sinister was the burial of an adult male whose legs had been bound together, and a socketed iron spear point stabbed through both ankles.’
    • ‘Beside the swords lay a bundle of about a dozen 2ft long socketed iron spearheads, and overlying the whole group of objects were large chunks of a broken amphora.’
    • ‘I thought most newer MBs do not have socketed BIOS chips anymore, they have them soldered in.’’
    • ‘In some chairs the top of the front legs forms a cylinder into which the lists are socketed.’
    • ‘A mile to the west, at Platt Wood Farm, near Skidby, the archaeologists from York-based On Site Archaeology found a palstave - a solid axehead - a spearhead, and five socketed axeheads.’
    • ‘Most BIOS chips are socketed, meaning that the chip resides in a socket, much like your CPU, but without a lever.’
    • ‘The BIOS chip is socketed on both boards so it can be changed in case of disaster.’
    • ‘By then, arrowheads were normally socketed, but it is a matter of conjecture as to how many arrows were expected to be recovered, even if you were the victors.’
  • 2Golf

    ‘a mashie that persists in socketing the ball’
    old-fashioned term for shank
    • ‘There he pushed his tee shot into the semi-rough, and from there socketed the ball into the thick, deep rough, that he had so successfully avoided before.’
    • ‘After a stylish waggle, I made a graceful swing and clean socketed the ball straight into the middle branches of a beautiful willow that guarded the 17th green.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘head of a spear, resembling a ploughshare’): from an Anglo-Norman French diminutive of Old French soc ploughshare, probably of Celtic origin.