• WordNet 3.6
    • n socket a receptacle into which an electric device can be inserted
    • n socket receptacle where something (a pipe or probe or end of a bone) is inserted
    • n socket a bony hollow into which a structure fits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An owl cannot move it's eyeballs in its eye sockets.
    • Socket An opening into which anything is fitted; any hollow thing or place which receives and holds something else; as, the sockets of the teeth. "His eyeballs in their hollow sockets sink."
    • Socket Especially, the hollow tube or place in which a candle is fixed in the candlestick.
    • Socket (Electricity) the receptacle fixed in a wall and connected by conductive wiring to an electrical supply, containing contacts to conduct electricity, and into which the plug of an electrical device is inserted; -- called also a wall socket or outlet. The socket will typically have two or three contacts; if three, the third is connected to a ground for safety. "And in the sockets oily bubbles dance."
    • Socket (Electricity) the receptacle of an electric lamp into which a light bulb is inserted, containing contacts to conduct electricity to the bulb.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n socket An opening or cavity into which anything is fitted; any hollow thing or place which receives and holds something else.
    • n socket Specifically A small hollow tube or depression in a candlestick to hold a candle. Also called nozle.
    • n socket In anatomy, specifically, the hollow of one part which receives another; the concavity or excavation of an articulation: as, an eye-socket; the socket of the hip.
    • n socket In mining, the end of a shot-hole, when this remains visible after the shot has been fired.
    • n socket In well-boring, a tool with various forms of gripping mechanism, for seizing and lifting tools dropped in the tube.
    • n socket In the just, a defense of steel attached to the saddle, and serving to protect the legs and thighs. Compare bur, 3 . Also socquette.
    • socket To provide with or place in a socket.
    • n socket In golf, the neck of a club into which the shaft runs.
    • n socket A chuck or holder on the end of a drill-spindle having a taper-hole to receive the corresponding taper-shank of the drill or of another socket.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Socket sok′et a hollow into which something is inserted, the receptacle of the eye, &c.: a hollow tool for grasping and lifting tools dropped in a well-boring: the hollow of a candlestick: a steel apparatus attached to the saddle to protect thighs and legs
    • v.t Socket to provide with or place in a socket
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket; a very few names may be considered as perpetual lamps that shine unconsumed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. soket, a dim. through OF. fr. L. soccus,. See Sock a covering for the foot


In literature:

Remains for apprehension, where men's eyes Have ceased to be secure within their sockets?
"Wilhelm Tell" by Friedrich Schiller
The bottle-sockets and pen-tray did not reach down to the level of the long drawer by nearly an inch.
"Hawthorne and His Circle" by Julian Hawthorne
Before a candle which he has lit burns to the socket, I am to make a pair of boots.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
His little, beady eyes were set in large, shallow sockets, giving him an owl-like appearance.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
The candles had burned to the sockets.
"The Thirteen" by Honore de Balzac
Put the feather into the socket, and work the pin in and out, that the oil may go all round.
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
At last the victim is securely nailed to the wood, and the cross is slowly and clumsily lifted and falls with a shock into its socket.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
Bristoe forced it from the sockets, not without some slight noise, and Keith, crouching down at one side, lifted the latch.
"Keith of the Border" by Randall Parrish
I shall see his sightless and gore-dropping sockets in the face of Godwin, this day, at my board.
"Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He put the latch back in the socket.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins

In poetry:

She deftly wove a covering gown
Of laughter and of lies ...
But, ah, she could not hide the dead
Sockets of its eyes.
"Skeleton" by Edith Mirick
We speak not; trembles each head;
In their sockets our eyes are still;
Desire as cold as the dead;
Without wonder or will.
"The Old Men" by Walter de la Mare
They shot Flynn's eyes out. That was good.
Eyes that saw God are better blind.
Flynn muses on beatitude,
His empty eye-sockets behind.
"The Vision" by Katharine Tynan
And in their blazing solitude
The stars sang in their sockets through
the night:
`Blow bright, blow bright
The coal of this unquickened world.'
"Night Music" by Philip Larkin
And the socket floats and flares,
And the house-beams groan,
And a foot unknown
Is surmised on the garret-stairs,
And the locks slip unawares—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
How, set in their sandy sockets,
Your clear, truthful, transparent eyes
Shone out of the black frozen landscape
Of those gray-clothed schoolboys!
"A Childhood" by Stephen Spender

In news:

They are also available with 0.15 inch ID socket ports.
Plug'N'Play: Socket, Socket on the Wall, Who's the Smartest One of All.
The company also makes the corresponding lamp holders, incorporating the two-piece contact design used in many of the other sockets .
SCM Puts Sound into a Lamp Socket .
I've replaced several Edison sockets over the years.
New Cars That Pass the Pump as They Celebrate the Socket .
The best thing about the annual Sockets Records showcase at the Black Cat is that you don't always know what to expect.
Sockets is not one of them.
Why would these companies choose the socket style.
Don't used damaged lighting sets, including those with frayed strings , unstable connections, exposed wires or broken or cracked sockets.
An 8mm socket made short work of them and we set them aside for reuse.
Following suit, the track bar was disconnected from the track bar bracket using an 1 3?16-inch socket.
Our new rack system is made from rugged, extruded aluminum, and assembles with only 2 socket sizes.
Replacement Leads Feature DIN Overmolded DIN Sockets.
Employees at the rod-and-reel plant noticed sparks and a flame coming from the wall socket about 8:30 pm, according to a report from Bainbridge Island Fire Department.

In science:

For the fully distributed heterogeneous platform it could perhaps be bene ficial to investigate a protocol based on the much lighter UDP instead of the TCP/IP socket approach, as well as a run-time that supports a finer grain of threads than pthreads.
Extending and Implementing the Self-adaptive Virtual Processor for Distributed Memory Architectures
The numbers over the “Dual socket CPU” and “Overlap, Buffer reuse” datapoints indicate the achieved processing throughput in MBps.
GPUs as Storage System Accelerators
Building on another feature of UML, namely, tunneling all Internet Protocol (IP) traffic through a local User Datagram Protocol (UDP) multicast socket, it would be possible to use AppPot appliances to run MPI jobs.
Batch-oriented software appliances
Communications between clients, proxies and servers are socket-based.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
There are versions of the DAWN and VRML drivers that can communicate with their respective browsers though a socket mechanism.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system