Definition of socket in English:

socket

Syllabification: sock·et
Pronunciation: /ˈsäkət
 
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noun

1A natural or artificial hollow into which something fits or in which something revolves: the eye socket
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  • The hip socket will be hollowed out to make a shallow cup and an artificial socket will be placed into it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1The part of the head of a golf club into which the shaft is fitted.
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  • 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 heads were attached to the wooden shaft by a socket.
  • The shaft must be attached to the clubhead at the heel either directly or through a single plain neck and/or socket.
2An electrical device receiving a plug or light bulb to make a connection.
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  • Unlike conventional electrical appliances, which are simply plugged into a wall socket, computers and their peripherals are connected by any number of lines.
  • All it needs is a flat surface to rest on and an electrical socket to plug into.
  • Korjo and Design Go both make travel jugs, for plugging in to electrical sockets or car cigarette lighters, costing around $80.
Synonyms
power outlet, jack, port
informal plug

verb (sockets, socketing, socketed)

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1Place in or fit with a socket.
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  • 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.
  • In some chairs the top of the front legs forms a cylinder into which the lists are socketed.
  • 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.
2 Golf old-fashioned term for shank.
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  • 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.
  • 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.

Origin

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

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