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pocket

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noun pock·et \ˈpä-kət\

Simple Definition of pocket

  • : a usually small cloth bag that is sewn into a piece of clothing, a larger bag, etc., and that is open at the top or side so that you can put things into it

  • : the amount of money that someone has available to spend

  • : a small bag or container that is attached to something and used to hold things

Full Definition of pocket

  1. 1 a :  a small bag carried by a person :  purse b :  a small bag that is sewed or inserted in a garment so that it is open at the top or side <coat pocket>

  2. 2 :  supply of money :  means

  3. 3 :  receptacle, container: as a :  an opening at the corner or side of a billiard table b :  a superficial pouch in some animals

  4. 4 :  a small often isolated area or group <pockets of unemployment>: a :  a cavity containing a deposit (as of gold, water, or gas) b :  air pocket

  5. 5 :  a place for a batten made by sewing a strip on a sail

  6. 6 a :  blind alley b :  the position of a contestant in a race hemmed in by others c :  an area formed by blockers from which a football quarterback attempts to pass

  7. 7 :  the concave area at the base of the finger sections of a baseball glove or mitt in which the ball is normally caught

pock·et·ful play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun
in one's pocket
  1. :  in one's control or possession

in pocket
  1. 1 :  provided with funds

  2. 2 :  in the position of having made a profit

out of pocket
  1. 1 :  low on money or funds

  2. 2 :  having suffered a loss

  3. 3 :  from cash on hand

Examples of pocket

  1. He keeps his gloves in his coat pocket.

  2. She was standing there with her hands in her pockets.

  3. I have a hole in my pocket.

  4. Her pocket was full of change.

  5. There are pockets on the back of each car seat.

  6. The tickets are in the zippered pocket on the front of the suitcase.



Origin of pocket

Middle English poket, from Anglo-French poket, pochete, diminutive of poke, pouche bag — more at pouch


First Known Use: 15th century


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pocket

verb pock·et

Simple Definition of pocket

  • : to put (something) in a pocket

  • : to take or keep (something that does not belong to you)

  • : to earn or win (something, such as money)

Full Definition of pocket

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to put or enclose in or as if in one's pocket <pocketed the change> b :  to appropriate to one's own use :  steal c :  to refuse assent to (a bill) by a pocket veto

  3. 2 :  to put up with :  accept

  4. 3 :  to set aside :  suppress <pocketed his pride>

  5. 4 a :  to hem in b :  to drive (a ball) into a pocket of a pool table

  6. 5 :  to cover or supply with pockets

pock·et·able play \ˈpä-kə-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of pocket

  1. The chairman was fired for pocketing funds.

  2. The saleswoman had overcharged them and pocketed the difference.

  3. a professional golfer who pocketed more than four million dollars in winnings

  4. I had to pocket my pride and ask for some help.



1589

First Known Use of pocket

1589


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pocket

adjective pock·et

Simple Definition of pocket

  • : small enough to fit in a pocket

  • : carried in a pocket

Full Definition of pocket

  1. 1 a :  small enough to be carried in the pocket b :  small, miniature <a pocket park>

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to money b :  carried in or paid from one's own pocket

Examples of pocket

  1. <his pocket involvement in the company was minimal>



1612

First Known Use of pocket

1612


Medical Dictionary

pocket

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noun pock·et \ˈpäk-ət\

Medical Definition of pocket

  1. :  a small cavity or space; especially :  an abnormal cavity formed in diseased tissue <a gingival pocket>






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