Definition of socket wrench in English:

socket wrench

(also socket spanner)


  • A ratchet tool with a series of detachable sockets for tightening and loosening nuts of different sizes.

    • ‘To tighten the Orb sufficiently I used a small socket from my socket wrench, and simply tightened it as far as I could before my fingers slipped.’
    • ‘Yet, the breech plug is easily removed with a socket wrench when the lever is down.’
    • ‘The box or socket wrenches are used for removing nuts and bolts and are fitted to the size of the fastener.’
    • ‘You can reach just about any part with an ordinary socket wrench or screw-driver.’
    • ‘The only tools required are a socket wrench with a long extension, a Phillips and regular screwdriver, and a hex key set.’