Pronunciation: (sok'it), [key]
1. a hollow part or piece for receiving and holding some part or thing.
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.
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.
to place in or fit with a socket.
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