wall-socket

wall socket

noun
socket ( def 2b ).
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socket

[sok-it]
noun
1.
a hollow part or piece for receiving and holding some part or thing.
2.
Electricity.
a.
a device intended to hold an electric light bulb mechanically and connect it electrically to circuit wires.
b.
Also called wall socket. a socket placed in a wall to receive a plug that makes an electrical connection with supply wiring.
3.
Anatomy.
a.
a hollow in one part that receives another part: the socket of the eye.
b.
the concavity of a joint: the socket of the hip.
verb (used with object)
4.
to place in or fit with a socket.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English soket < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French soc plowshare (< Gaulish *soccos; compare Welsh swch, Old Irish socc) + -et -et

socketless, adjective
unsocketed, adjective
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socket (ˈsɒkɪt)
 
n
1.  a device into which an electric plug can be inserted in order to make a connection in a circuit
2.  chiefly (Brit) point, Informal Brit names: plug, US and Canadian name: outlet such a device mounted on a wall and connected to the electricity supply
3.  a part with an opening or hollow into which some other part, such as a pipe, probe, etc, can be fitted
4.  a spanner head having a recess suitable to be fitted over the head of a bolt and a keyway into which a wrench can be fitted
5.  anatomy
 a.  a bony hollow into which a part or structure fits: a tooth socket; an eye socket
 b.  the receptacle of a ball-and-socket joint
 
vb
6.  (tr) to furnish with or place into a socket
 
[C13: from Anglo-Norman soket a little ploughshare, from soc, of Celtic origin; compare Cornish soch ploughshare]

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Word Origin & History

socket
c.1300, "spearhead" (originally one shaped like a plowshare), from Anglo-Fr. soket "spearhead" (c.1260), dim. of O.Fr. soc "plowshare," from V.L. *soccus, probably from a Gaulish source, cf. Welsh swch "plowshare," Middle Irish soc "plowshare," prop. "hog's snout," cognate with L. sus "swine;" see
sow (n.) "female pig." Meaning "hollow part or piece for receiving and holding something" first recorded 1448; anatomical sense is from 1601; domestic electrical sense first recorded 1885. Socket wrench is attested from 1905.
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Medical Dictionary

socket sock·et (sŏk'ĭt)
n.

  1. The concave part of a joint that receives the articular end of a bone.

  2. A hollow or concavity into which a part, such as an eye fits.

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