socket wrench

socket wrench
noun Date: circa 1890 a wrench usually in the form of a bar and removable socket made to fit a bolt or nut

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Socket wrench — Socket 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • socket wrench — n. a wrench with a cylindrical socket that fits over a nut or bolt of a specific size and shape …   English World dictionary

  • Socket wrench — A socket wrench, more commonly referred to as a ratchet, is a type of wrench, or tightening tool, that uses separate, removable sockets to fit many different sizes of fittings and fasteners, most commonly nuts and bolts. It generally includes a… …   Wikipedia

  • socket wrench — [1] A tool with socket end or a drive tool combined with a socket [2] A socket wrench is made up of a ratchet and a variety of sockets. The ratchet end fits into the sockets. The end is usually one of three common sizes: 0.25 (6.35 mm), 0.375… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • socket wrench — wrench with sockets of different sizes that can be changed to fit over nuts or bolts …   English contemporary dictionary

  • socket wrench — noun A type of wrench featuring multiple interchangeable socket heads (each designed to fit a particular size of bolt head or other fastener) which can be attached by a socket arrangement to a ratcheting wrench handle or other driver. Syn:… …   Wiktionary

  • socket wrench — a box wrench with a socket that is an extension of the shank. See illus. under wrench. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • socket wrench — sock′et wrench n. a box wrench with a socket that is an extension of the shank • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • socket wrench — noun a wrench with a handle onto which sockets of different sizes can be fitted • Hypernyms: ↑wrench, ↑spanner • Part Meronyms: ↑socket * * * noun, pl ⋯ wrenches [count] US : a tool that has a part which fits over the end of a bolt or nut and is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • socket wrench — noun a ratchet tool with detachable sockets for tightening and loosening nuts of different sizes …   English new terms dictionary

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