Socket Definition

sŏkĭt
sockets
noun
An opening or a cavity into which an inserted part is designed to fit.
A light-bulb socket.
American Heritage
The concave part of a joint that receives the end of a bone.
American Heritage Medicine
A hollow piece or part into which something fits.
The socket for a lightbulb, of the eye, of the hipbone, etc.
Webster's New World

(computing) A two-way named pipe on Unix and Unix-like systems, used for interprocess communication.

Wiktionary
verb
To furnish with or fit into a socket.
Webster's New World
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other

Comprising a node address and a port number, a socket is an identifier for a service on a node. In combination a socket on an originating node and a socket on a destination node establish an application session. An Internet Protocol (IP) addressable client and server, for example, might engage in an e-mail transfer using SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol), which is well-known port 25. See also application, client, IP, node, port, server, session, SMTP, SOCKS, and well-known port.

Webster's New World Telecom

An operating system (OS) abstraction that permits application programs to access communications protocols automatically. Bolt Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies) developed the concept in conjunction with the company's early work on TCP/IP. See also application, OS, program, protocol, and TCP/IP.

Webster's New World Telecom

Other Word Forms of Socket

Noun

Singular:
socket
Plural:
sockets

Origin of Socket

  • Middle English soket from Anglo-Norman spearhead diminutive of soc plowshare probably of Celtic origin sū- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman soket, "spearhead" (diminutive of Old French soc: plowshare), from Vulgar Latin soccus.

    From Wiktionary

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