• Sally hanging a sock on a line in the kitchen
    Sally hanging a sock on a line in the kitchen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sock hit hard
    • n sock hosiery consisting of a cloth covering for the foot; worn inside the shoe; reaches to between the ankle and the knee
    • n sock a truncated cloth cone mounted on a mast; used (e.g., at airports) to show the direction of the wind
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He waved his hand, sock and all He waved his hand, sock and all

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Researchers have developed odourless socks. The sock fabric is made by attaching molecules that contain chlorine called halamines to textile fibers
    • Sock A knit or woven covering for the foot and lower leg; a stocking with a short leg.
    • n Sock A plowshare.
    • Sock A warm inner sole for a shoe.
    • Sock The shoe worn by actors of comedy in ancient Greece and Rome, -- used as a symbol of comedy, or of the comic drama, as distinguished from tragedy, which is symbolized by the buskin. "Great Fletcher never treads in buskin here,
      Nor greater Jonson dares in socks appear."
    • v. t Sock sŏk To hurl, drive, or strike violently; -- often with it as an object.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bozeman, Montana, has a law that bans all sexual activity between members of the opposite sex in the front yard of a home after sundownif they're nude. (Apparently, if you wear socks, you're safe from the law!)
    • n sock A light shoe worn by the ancient actors of comedy; hence, comedy, in distinction from tragedy, which is symbolized by the buskin.
    • n sock A knitted or woven covering for the foot, shorter than a stocking; a stocking reaching but a short distance above the ankle.
    • n sock A sandal, wooden patten, or clog for the feet, worn by the friars called Recollets.
    • n sock A plowshare; a movable share slipped over the sole of a plow.
    • sock To sew up.
    • n sock Same as soke.
    • sock To throw; especially, to hurl or send with swiftness and violence: as, to sock a ball.
    • sock To hit hard; pitch into: as, to sock one in the eye.
    • sock With an impersonal it, to strike a hard blow; give a drubbing: as, sock it to him!
    • n sock A dialectal form of sog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When wearing a Kimono, Japanese women wear socks called "Tabi". The big toe of the sock is separated from the rest of the toes, like a thumb from a mitten.
    • n Sock sok a kind of half-stocking: comedy, originally a low-heeled light shoe, worn by actors of comedy.
    • n Sock sok a ploughshare.
    • v.t Sock sok (prov. and slang) to throw: to strike hard, to give a drubbing.
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  • Mary Ann Allison
    Mary Ann Allison
    “Hire the best. Pay them fairly. Communicate frequently. Provide challenges and rewards. Believe in them. Get out of their way and they'll knock your socks off.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Men greet each other with a sock on the arm, women with a hug, and the hug wears better in the long run.”
  • Cynthia Nelms
    Cynthia Nelms
    “If it weren't for women, men would still be wearing last week's socks.”


Knock your socks off - If something knocks your socks off, it amazes and surprises you, usually in a positive way.
Pull up your socks - If you aren't satisfied with someone and want them to do better, you can tell them to pull up their socks.
Put a sock in it - If someone tells you to put a sock in it, they are telling you to shut up.
Work your socks off - If you work your socks off, you work very hard.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sock, AS. socc, fr. L. soccus, a kind of low-heeled, light shoe. Cf. Sucket


In literature:

However, I got on so readily that she allowed I could undertake a child's sock.
"Medoline Selwyn's Work" by Mrs. J. J. Colter
Mrs. Connolly was knitting socks.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
Very soon they could hear their sodden socks squelching with water as they walked.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
I will be back with the socks in a little while.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
A pair of German socks and arctics completed my attire.
"Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters" by Henry Wallace Phillips
Nature had been generous, even lavish, to Hilary Vance in the matter of feet; and his socks were enormous.
"Happy Pollyooly" by Edgar Jepson
All they left behind was his hat, his shoes and one sock, his collar and cuffs and tie.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume V. (of X.)" by Various
I fixed your socks up last night for you.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
Old mistress used to make me knit socks for the soldiers.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The socks are very welcome.
"Letters from France" by Isaac Alexander Mack

In poetry:

They'll send a feather pillow
Or knit a pair of socks,
And think they've done their duty
By them that take the knocks.
"Jack Canuck" by Abner Cosens
A little sock, a little toy,
A little lock of golden hair,
The Christmas music on the air,
A watching for my baby boy!
"Christmas Treasures" by Eugene Field
Lord B. was a nobleman bold
Who came of illustrious stocks,
He was thirty or forty years old,
And several feet in his socks.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I count my treasures o'er with care.—
The little toy my darling knew,
A little sock of faded hue,
A little lock of golden hair.
"Christmas Treasures" by Eugene Field
My precious grand-child, aged two,
Is eager to unlace one shoe,
And then the other;
Her cotton socks she'll deftly doff
Despite the mild reproaches of
Her mother.
"Strip Teaser" by Robert W Service
Don't say it if your socks are dry!
Or when the sun is in your eye!
Never say it in the dark
(The word you see emits a spark)
Only say it in the day
(That's what my grandma used to say)
"Bazonka" by Spike Milligan

In news:

Looks like heels made out of socks or something like that.
We've seen the Barney socks.
It is, in fact, the stub of his right forearm covered with four white tube socks and black electrical tape.
Sure, socks wear out so they always make good gifts, but the recipient really has to put on an act to appear to be surprised and delighted.
I put a sweater and socks in my bag for work.
The Patterned Socks You Should Wear this Fall.
You know who they are, they're the people who can walk into a meeting and charm the socks off everyone in the room.
For as long as good guys have been socking it to bad guys in the movies, who hasn't dreamed of landing a perfect knockout punch.
And that means I've got to buy more socks.
I learned from Bruce that it's not the sock manufactures behind the conspiracy.
View full size Mary Mooney/The Oregonian My new socks, freed from the pooling curse.
She knitted socks night and day, generally on TriMet so she wouldn't have to make eye contact with fellow passengers.
In particular Hand objects to the selling of trinkets buffalo earrings and socks and T-shirts at a little gift shop on the farm.
Big J did something a little different this morning and socked himself during this week's Punch in the Face.
The importance of wearing good socks.

In science:

For k ∈ Z>0 , set Θk (λ) = {µ < λ|l(λ, µ) ≥ k + 1}. sock (Iλ )/sock−1 (Iλ ) = Mµ∈Θk (λ) where each X µ is a trivial g-module of dimension 2Z .
Categories of integrable $sl(\infty)$-, $o(\infty)$-, $sp(\infty)$-modules
Note first that if Vµ is a simple constituent of sock (Iλ )/sock−1 (Iλ ), then, by Lemma 6.20, µ < χ for some simple constituent Vχ of sock−1 (Iλ )/sock−2 (Iλ ).
Categories of integrable $sl(\infty)$-, $o(\infty)$-, $sp(\infty)$-modules
In addition, it is clear that Vµ is a simple constituent of sock (Iλ )/sock−1 (Iλ ) if and only if there exists a non-zero homomorphism ϕ : Iλ → Iµ , such that ϕ(sock−1 (Iλ )) = 0.
Categories of integrable $sl(\infty)$-, $o(\infty)$-, $sp(\infty)$-modules
By Lemma 6.10, ϕ is surjective, so all simple constituents of soc1 (Iµ )/soc(Iµ ) are also simple constituents of sock (Iλ )/sock−1 (Iλ ).
Categories of integrable $sl(\infty)$-, $o(\infty)$-, $sp(\infty)$-modules
This implies that Vµ is a simple constituent of sock (Iλ )/sock−1 (Iλ ) if and only if there exists ψ ∈ Θk−1 (λ) such that µ ∈ Θ1 (ψ).
Categories of integrable $sl(\infty)$-, $o(\infty)$-, $sp(\infty)$-modules