Part of speech: noun

A cavity or opening adapted to hold some corresponding piece.

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Usage examples "socket":

  1. Then she twisted it to the side and there was a sickening snap as it came out of its shoulder socket He groaned lightly but did not speak. - "Syndrome", Thomas Hoover.
  2. First his coat and then his waistcoat were cast aside as he warmed to his work, until at last he dragged the sleeve of his shirt out of the socket, and had to retire into private life behind a tree, in company with Mrs. Eccles and a needle and thread. - "The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers", Mary Cholmondeley.
  3. Make a shaft with a socket in it. - "The Later Cave-Men", Katharine Elizabeth Dopp.