from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small baglike attachment forming part of a garment and used to carry small articles, as a flat pouch sewn inside a pair of pants or a piece of material sewn on its sides and bottom to the outside of a shirt.
  • n. A small sack or bag.
  • n. A receptacle, cavity, or opening.
  • n. Financial means; money supply: The cost of the trip must come out of your own pocket.
  • n. A small cavity in the earth, especially one containing ore.
  • n. A small body or accumulation of ore.
  • n. A pouch in an animal body, such as the cheek pouch of a rodent or the abdominal pouch of a marsupial.
  • n. Games One of the pouchlike receptacles at the corners and sides of a billiard or pool table.
  • n. Baseball The deepest part of a baseball glove, just below the web, where the ball is normally caught.
  • n. Sports A racing position in which a contestant has no room to pass a group of contestants immediately to his or her front or side.
  • n. A small, isolated, or protected area or group: pockets of dissatisfied voters.
  • n. Football The area a few yards behind the line of scrimmage that blockers attempt to keep clear so that the quarterback can pass the ball.
  • n. An air pocket.
  • n. A bin for storing ore, grain, or other materials.
  • adj. Suitable for or capable of being carried in one's pocket: a pocket handkerchief; a pocket edition of a dictionary.
  • adj. Small; miniature: a pocket backyard; a pocket museum.
  • transitive v. To place in or as if in a pocket.
  • transitive v. To take possession of for oneself, especially dishonestly: pocketed the receipts from the charity dance.
  • transitive v. To accept or tolerate (an insult, for example).
  • transitive v. To conceal or suppress: I pocketed my pride and asked for a raise.
  • transitive v. To prevent (a bill) from becoming law by failing to sign until the adjournment of the legislature.
  • transitive v. Sports To hem in (a competitor) in a race.
  • transitive v. Games To hit (a ball) into a pocket of a pool or billiard table.
  • idiom in (one's) pocket In one's power, influence, or possession: The defendant had the jury in his pocket.
  • idiom in pocket Having funds.
  • idiom in pocket Having gained or retained funds of a specified amount: was a hundred dollars in pocket after a day at the races.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items.
  • n. Such a receptacle seen as housing someone's money; hence, financial resources.
  • n. An indention and cavity with a net sack or similar structure (into which the balls are to be struck) at each corner and one centered on each side of a pool or snooker table.
  • n. An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.
  • n. An area of land surrounded by a loop of a river
  • n. The area of the field to the side of the goal posts (four pockets in total on the field, one to each side of the goals at each end of the ground). The pocket is only a roughly defined area, extending from the behind post, at an angle, to perhaps about 30 meters out.
  • n. The region directly behind the offensive line in which the quarterback executes plays.
  • n. An area where military units are completely surrounded by enemy units.
  • v. To put (something) into a pocket.
  • v. To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table; to complete a shot.
  • v. To take and keep (especially money) that which is not one's own.
  • v. To shoplift, to steal.
  • adj. Of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.
  • adj. Smaller or more compact than usual.
  • adj. Referring to the two initial hole cards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bin for strong coal, grain, etc.
  • n. A socket for receiving the foot of a post, stake, etc.
  • n. A bright on a lee shore.
  • n. A bag or pouch; especially; a small bag inserted in a garment for carrying small articles, particularly money; hence, figuratively, money; wealth.
  • n. One of several bags attached to a billiard table, into which the balls are driven.
  • n. A large bag or sack used in packing various articles, as ginger, hops, cowries, etc.
  • n. A hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, or the like.
  • n.
  • n. A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a cavity.
  • n. A hole containing water.
  • n. A strip of canvas, sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
  • n. Same as Pouch.
  • n. Any hollow place suggestive of a pocket in form or use
  • n. A bin for storing coal, grain, etc.
  • n. A socket for receiving the foot of a post, stake, etc.
  • n. A bight on a lee shore.
  • n. a small cavity in the body, especially one abnormally filled with a fluid.
  • n. a small space between a tooth and the adjoining gum, formed by an abnormal separation of the gum from the tooth.
  • n. An isolated group or area which has properties in contrast to the surrounding area.
  • n. The area from which a quarterback throws a pass, behind the line of scrimmage, delineated by the defensive players of his own team who protect him from attacking opponents.
  • n. The part of a baseball glove covering the palm of the wearer's hand.
  • n. the space between the head pin and one of the pins in the second row, considered as the optimal point at which to aim the bowling ball in order to get a strike.
  • transitive v. To put, or conceal, in the pocket.
  • transitive v. To take clandestinely or fraudulently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put in a pocket or in one's pocket: as. to pocket a ball in billiards; to pocket a penknife.
  • To appropriate to one's self or for one's own use; take possession of.
  • In racing slang, to surround in such a way as to leave no room for getting out or in front: as, he was pocketed at the beginning of the race.
  • To carry in or as in the pocket; specifically, of a president, governor, or other executive officer, to prevent (a bill) from becoming law by retaining it unsigned. See pocket veto, under pocket, n.
  • To accept meekly or without protest or resentment; submit to tamely or without demand for redress, apology, etc.: as, to pocket an insult.
  • To conceal; give no indication of; suppress: as, to pocket one's pride.
  • To control or have the control of, as if carried in one's pocket: as, to pocket a borough.
  • In mech., placed in a case or pocket: as, a pocketed valve. See valve
  • To submit tamely to; accept without protest or murmur.
  • n. A small pouch or bag; specifically, a small pouch inserted in a garment for” carrying money or other small articles.
  • n. That which is carried in the pocket; money; means; financial resources.
  • n. One of the small bags or nets at the corners and sides of some billiard-tables.
  • n. Any cavity or opening forming a receptacle: as, a brace-pocket, a post-pocket, etc.
  • n. In a window lifted with sashes, the hole for a pulley.
  • n. In mining, an irregular cavity filled with veinstone and ore; a swelling of the lode in an irregular manner, in which a more or less isolated mass of ore occurs.
  • n. A glen or hollow among mountains.
  • n. A certain quantity of hops, wool, etc., equal to about 168 pounds.
  • n. In racing slang, a position in a race where one contestant is surrounded by three or more others, so that, owing to the impeding of his advance, he has no chance to win.
  • n. In zoology and anatomy: A blind sac; a sac-shaped cavity
  • n. The external cheek-pouch of a rodent, as of the Geomyidæ and Saccomyidæ. See cuts under Geomyidæ and Perognathus.
  • n. The abdominal pouch of a marsupial
  • n. The abdominal cavity of a halibut or other fish.
  • n. The trap of a weir, in which the fish are retained or caught.
  • n. A small cavity in a rock-surface or in the channel of an intermittent stream, sometimes holding a pool of water. Also called a water-pocket.
  • n. In Australia: A bar formed by a river at a bend, much curved and hollowed out near its shore end.
  • n. A circular, hollowed-out spot in thick scrub.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hollow concave shape made by removing something
  • n. a local region of low pressure or descending air that causes a plane to lose height suddenly
  • v. put in one's pocket
  • n. an enclosed space
  • n. a small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles
  • n. an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck
  • n. a supply of money
  • n. a small isolated group of people
  • v. take unlawfully
  • n. (anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican)
  • n. (bowling) the space between the headpin and the pins behind it on the right or left


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, pouch, small bag, from Anglo-Norman pokete, diminutive of Old North French poke, bag, of Germanic origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English pocket ("bag, sack"), from Anglo-Norman poket, Old Northern French poquet, poquete, diminutive of poque, poke ("bag, sack") (compare modern French pochette from Old French pochete, from puche), from Frankish *pokka (“pouch”), from Proto-Germanic *puk-, *pūka- (“bag, pouch”), from Proto-Indo-European *buk-, *bu-, *beu- (“to blow, swell”). Cognate with Middle Dutch poke, Alemannic German Pfoch ("purse, bag"), Old English pocca, pohha ("poke, pouch, pocket, bag"), Old Norse poki ("bag, pocket"). Cf. the related poke ("sack or bag"). See also Modern French pochette.



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