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Meaning of SOCKET

Pronunciation:  'sâkit

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

SOCKET is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: acetabulum, alveolus, ball-and-socket joint, bodily cavity, bone, box end wrench, box wrench, cavity, cavum, cotyloid cavity, electric socket, hip socket, os, receptacle, socket wrench, tooth socket



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

         His eyeballs in their hollow sockets sink. --Dryden.

2. Especially, the hollow tube or place in which a candle is
   fixed in the candlestick.

         And in the sockets oily bubbles dance. --Dryden.

{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.

Computing Dictionary

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).