- 1. An IP address and port number. Applications communicate by sockets -
the ip address indicates the network address of
the machine to which messages should be sent and the port number is the
logical destination on that machine.
- 2. A receptacle into which a component can be fitted. The socket is the
female component of any plug and socket arrangement. For example on the
motherboard of a computer the CPU will be fitted
into a matching socket (which may sometimes take the form of a slot), or for
with a portable CD player the headphones will plug
into the headphone socket.
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