<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).

(01 Jan 1995)

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1. The hollow part of a joint; the excavation in one bone of a joint which receives the articular end of the other bone.

2. Any hollow or concavity into which another part fits, as the eye socket.

Origin: thr. O. Fr. Fr. L. Soccus, a shoe, a sock

(05 Mar 2000)

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