|1.||a small bag or pouch in a garment for carrying small articles, money, etc|
|2.||any bag or pouch or anything resembling this|
|3.||a. a cavity or hollow in the earth, etc, such as one containing gold or other ore|
|b. the ore in such a place|
|4.||a small enclosed or isolated area: a pocket of resistance|
|5.||billiards, snooker any of the six holes with pouches or nets let into the corners and sides of a billiard table|
|6.||a position in a race in which a competitor is hemmed in|
|7.||Australian rules football a player in one of two side positions at the ends of the ground: back pocket; forward pocket|
|8.||(South African) a bag or sack of vegetables or fruit|
|9.||in one's pocket under one's control|
|10.||in pocket having made a profit, as after a transaction|
|11.||rugby in the pocket (of a fly half) in an attacking position slightly further back from play than normal, making himself available for a drop goal attempt|
|12.||out of pocket having made a loss, as after a transaction|
|13.||line one's pockets to make money, esp by dishonesty when in a position of trust|
|14.||(modifier) suitable for fitting in a pocket; small: a pocket edition|
|15.||slang (modifier) poker denoting a pair formed from the two private cards dealt to a player in a game of Texas hold 'em: pocket queens|
|—vb , -ets, -eting, -eted|
|16.||to put into one's pocket|
|17.||to take surreptitiously or unlawfully; steal|
|18.||(usually passive) to enclose or confine in or as if in a pocket|
|19.||to receive (an insult, injury, etc) without retaliating|
|20.||to conceal or keep back (feelings): he pocketed his pride and accepted help|
|21.||billiards, snooker to drive (a ball) into a pocket|
|22.||(US) See also pocket veto (esp of the President) to retain (a bill) without acting on it in order to prevent it from becoming law|
|23.||to hem in (an opponent), as in racing|
|[C15: from Anglo-Norman poket a little bag, from poque bag, from Middle Dutch poke|
pocket pock·et (pŏk'ĭt)
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.