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socket

1. a device into which an electric plug can be inserted in order to make a connection in a circuit
2. Chiefly Brit 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
b. the receptacle of a ball-and-socket joint

socket

[′säk·ət]
(electricity)
A device designed to provide electric connections and mechanical support for an electronic or electric component requiring convenient replacement.
(engineering)
A device designed to receive and grip the end of a tubular object, such as a tool or pipe.

socket

1. Same as coupling.
2. British term for bell, 2.

socket

(networking)
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).

socket

(1) A receptacle that receives a plug. See plugs and sockets.

(2) See Unix socket.
References in classic literature ?
The bright tattooing upon his body was covered with blood and dust; his inflamed eyes rolled in their sockets, and his whole appearance denoted extraordinary suffering and exertion; yet sustained by some powerful impulse, he continued to advance, while the throng around him with wild cheers sought to encourage him.
He suddenly appeared at the front of his cavern, seized the iron bars in his great hairy hands and shook them until they rattled in their sockets.
At the sight of the thing--a man mauling with his bare hands one of the most relentless and fierce of the jungle carnivora--Mugambi's eyes bulged from their sockets, and from entertaining a sullen respect for the giant white man who had made him prisoner, the black felt an almost worshipping awe of Tarzan.
He seemed to be searching for something, though his eyes were unmoved in their sockets.
He could not have closed his eyes five minutes, when he was awakened by a scream, and starting up in that kind of terror which affects a person suddenly roused, saw, to his great astonishment, that his charge had struggled into a sitting posture, and with eyes almost starting from their sockets, cold dew standing on his forehead, and in a fit of trembling which quite convulsed his frame, was calling to him for help.
In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the other apartments by a gallery and staircase, I kept my workshop of filthy creation; my eyeballs were starting from their sockets in attending to the details of my employment.
In this fearful state of things, distracted by the sudden appearance of Kit, and fascinated by the eyes of the preacher, the miserable Jacob sat bolt upright, wholly incapable of motion, strongly disposed to cry but afraid to do so, and returning his pastor's gaze until his infant eyes seemed starting from their sockets.
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