A type of socket for mounting electronic devices that is designed not to stress or damage them during insertion.
- ‘Looking at the topside of the adapter, you'll notice the ZIF socket for 478 CPUs.’
- ‘Flipping the motherboard over we see a metal plate situated underneath the ZIF socket.’
- ‘The guy had apparently did not know how a ZIF socket worked, and evidently didn't check the motherboard manual either as it was clearly outlined there.’
Late 20th century: ZIF, acronym from zero insertion force.