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5 definitions found
 for outlet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Socket \Sock"et\, n. [OE. soket, a dim. through OF. fr. L.
     soccus. See Sock a covering for the foot.]
     1. An opening into which anything is fitted; any hollow thing
        or place which receives and holds something else; as, the
        sockets of the teeth.
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              His eyeballs in their hollow sockets sink. --Dryden.
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     2. Especially, the hollow tube or place in which a candle is
        fixed in the candlestick.
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     3. (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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     4. (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.
        [PJC]
  
              And in the sockets oily bubbles dance. --Dryden.
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     Socket bolt (Mach.), a bolt that passes through a thimble
        that is placed between the parts connected by the bolt.
  
     Socket chisel. Same as Framing chisel. See under
        Framing.
  
     Socket pipe, a pipe with an expansion at one end to receive
        the end of a connecting pipe.
  
     Socket pole, a pole armed with iron fixed on by means of a
        socket, and used to propel boats, etc. [U.S.]
  
     Socket wrench, a wrench consisting of a socket at the end
        of a shank or rod, for turning a nut, bolthead, etc., in a
        narrow or deep recess.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Outlet \Out"let`\, n.
     The place or opening by which anything is let out; a passage
     out; an exit; a vent.
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           Receiving all, and having no outlet.     --Fuller.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Outlet \Out*let"\, v. t.
     To let out; to emit. [R.] --Daniel.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  outlet
      n 1: a place of business for retailing goods [syn: mercantile
           establishment, retail store, sales outlet, outlet]
      2: receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current
         can be taken to run electrical devices [syn: wall socket,
         wall plug, electric outlet, electrical outlet,
         outlet, electric receptacle]
      3: an opening that permits escape or release; "he blocked the
         way out"; "the canyon had only one issue" [syn: exit,
         issue, outlet, way out]
      4: activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion;
         "she had no other outlet for her feelings"; "he gave vent to
         his anger" [syn: release, outlet, vent]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  146 Moby Thesaurus words for "outlet":
     abreaction, access, acting-out, aisle, alley, ambulatory, aperture,
     arcade, artery, avenue, bill of sale, blowhole, break, breakout,
     broaching, catharsis, cavity, channel, chasm, check, chute,
     clearing, cleft, cloister, colonnade, communication, conduit,
     connection, corridor, covered way, crack, debouch, defile,
     deliverance, delivery, demand, discharge, disclosure, door, egress,
     emergence, emotional release, emunctory, escape, escape hatch,
     escapism, estuary, evasion, exhaust, exit, extrication, fenestra,
     ferry, fistula, flight, floodgate, flume, fontanel, foramen, ford,
     freeing, gallery, gap, gape, gat, getaway, gulf, hiatus, hole,
     hollow, inlet, interchange, intersection, interval, issuance,
     issue, jailbreak, junction, lacuna, lane, laying open, leak,
     leakage, liberation, loophole, market, mass market,
     motor abreaction, opening, opening up, orifice, out, outcome,
     outfall, outgate, outgo, overpass, pass, passage, passageway, pore,
     port, portico, prisonbreak, psychocatharsis, psychodrama,
     purgation, railroad tunnel, release, release therapy, relief,
     rescue, retail, retailer, riddance, sale, sally port, setting-free,
     shop, showroom, slot, sluice, space, spiracle, split, spout, stoma,
     store, tap, throwing open, tie-in, traject, trajet, tunnel,
     turnover, uncorking, underpass, unstopping, vent, ventage,
     venthole, vomitory, way out, weir, wholesale, yawn
  
  

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