- The definition of pocket is someone or something that's very small or smaller than usual.
- An example of pocket is a notepad that will fit in the pouch sewn into the back of your pants; a pocket notepad.
- An example of pocket is the sugar glider possum; the pocket possum.
- A pocket is a pouch or enclosure sewn into clothing or into a small container.
- An example of a pocket is where people normally keep their wallet if they don't carry a bag.
- An example of a pocket is a zippered compartment inside a bag where you'd keep your keys.
- Pocket is defined as to hide away or take something in a deceptive way.
- An example of pocket is someone hiding the way they really feel about something.
- An example of pocket is a cashier stealing money from their register.
- Archaic a sack, esp. when used to measure something
- a little bag or pouch, now usually sewn into or on clothing, for carrying money and small articles
- any usually small container, compartment, enclosure, etc.
- a cavity that holds or can hold something
- a small area or group of a specified type: a pocket of poverty
- a confining or frustrating situation
- financial resources; funds; means: a drain on one's pocket
- a position of being hemmed in by other contestants so as to be held back
- Aeron. air pocket
- ☆ Baseball a hollow in a baseball mitt where the ball can be securely caught and held
- Bowling the space between two pins, esp. the head pin and the pin next to it
- Football the protected area behind the offensive line, from which the quarterback passes the ball
- a cavity filled with ore, oil, gas, or water
- a small deposit of ore
- Pool any of the pouches at the sides and corners of a billiard or pool table
- Zool. a sac or pouch in an animal's body
Origin: Middle English poket from Anglo-French pokete, for Middle French dialect, dialectal poquette, diminutive of poque, poche: see poach
- that is or can be carried in a pocket
- smaller than standard
- not widespread; contained; isolated: pocket resistance
- to put into a pocket
- to provide with a pocket or pockets
- to envelop; enclose
- to take dishonestly; appropriate (money, profits, etc.) for one's own use
- to put up with (an insult, gibe, etc.) without answering or showing anger
- to hide, suppress, or set aside: pocket one's pride
- ☆ Politics to prevent passage of (a bill) by the pocket veto
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- 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.
- A small sack or bag.
- A receptacle, cavity, or opening.
- Financial means; money supply: The cost of the trip must come out of your own pocket.
- a. A small cavity in the earth, especially one containing ore.b. A small body or accumulation of ore.
- A pouch in an animal body, such as the cheek pouch of a rodent or the abdominal pouch of a marsupial.
- Games One of the pouchlike receptacles at the corners and sides of a billiard or pool table.
- Baseball The deepest part of a baseball glove, just below the web, where the ball is normally caught.
- 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.
- a. A small, isolated, or protected area or group: pockets of dissatisfied voters.b. 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.
- An air pocket.
- A bin for storing ore, grain, or other materials.
- Suitable for or capable of being carried in one's pocket: a pocket handkerchief; a pocket edition of a dictionary.
- Small; miniature: a pocket backyard; a pocket museum.
- To place in or as if in a pocket.
- To take possession of for oneself, especially dishonestly: pocketed the receipts from the charity dance.
- a. To accept or tolerate (an insult, for example).b. To conceal or suppress: I pocketed my pride and asked for a raise.
- To prevent (a bill) from becoming law by failing to sign until the adjournment of the legislature.
- Sports To hem in (a competitor) in a race.
- Games To hit (a ball) into a pocket of a pool or billiard table.
Origin: Middle English, pouch, small bag, from Anglo-Norman pokete, diminutive of Old North French poke, bag, of Germanic origin.
- pockˈet·a·ble adjective
- pockˈet·less adjective
pocket - Medical Definition
- In anatomy, a cul-de-sac or pouchlike cavity.
- A diseased space between the inflamed gum and the surface of a tooth.
- A collection of pus in a nearly closed sac.
- To enclose within a confined space.
- To approach the surface at a localized spot, as with the thinned-out wall of an abscess which is about to rupture.
pocket - Phrases/Idioms
in someone's pocket
out of pocket
- from money at hand
- having a loss
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in (one's) pocket
- Having funds.
- Having gained or retained funds of a specified amount: was a hundred dollars in pocket after a day at the races.