socket

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An electrical socket.

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From Anglo-Norman soket, "spearhead" (diminutive of Old French soc: plowshare), from Vulgar Latin soccus.

Noun[edit]

socket (plural sockets)

  1. (mechanics) An opening into which a plug or other connecting part is designed to fit (e.g. a light bulb socket).
  2. (anatomy) A hollow into a bone which a part fits, such as an eye, or another bone, in the case of a joint.
  3. (computing) A two-way named pipe on Unix and Unix-like systems, used for interprocess communication.

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socket (third-person singular simple present sockets, present participle socketing, simple past and past participle socketed)

  1. To place or fit in a socket.