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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.
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Then, using a chisel and a sledgehammer, they pounded between the tusk and its tooth socket.
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