The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

4 definitions found
 for socket
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.
        [1913 Webster]
              His eyeballs in their hollow sockets sink. --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Especially, the hollow tube or place in which a candle is
        fixed in the candlestick.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Electricity) the receptacle of an electric lamp into
        which a light bulb is inserted, containing contacts to
        conduct electricity to the bulb.
     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.
              And in the sockets oily bubbles dance. --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
     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
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a bony hollow into which a structure fits
      2: receptacle where something (a pipe or probe or end of a bone)
         is inserted
      3: a receptacle into which an electric device can be inserted

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  30 Moby Thesaurus words for "socket":
     alveolation, alveolus, antrum, armpit, basin, bowl, cavity,
     concave, concavity, crater, crypt, cup, depression, dip, fold,
     follicle, funnel chest, hole, hollow, hollow shell, lacuna, pit,
     pocket, punch bowl, scoop, shell, sink, sinus, trough, vug

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      The Berkeley Unix mechansim for creating a
     virtual connection between processes.  Sockets interface
     Unix's standard I/O with its network communication
     facilities.  They can be of two types, stream (bi-directional)
     or datagram (fixed length destination-addressed messages).
     The socket library function socket() creates a communications
     end-point or socket and returns a file descriptor with which
     to access that socket.  The socket has associated with it a
     socket address, consisting of a port number and the local
     host's network address.
     Unix manual page: socket(2).

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229