a shaped piece of fabric attached inside or outside a garment and forming a pouch used especially for carrying small articles.
a bag or pouch.
means; financial resources: a selection of gifts to fit every pocket.
any pouchlike receptacle, compartment, hollow, or cavity.
an envelope, receptacle, etc., usually of heavy paper and open at one end, used for storing or preserving photographs, stamps, phonograph records, etc.: Each album has 12 pockets.
a recess, as in a wall, for receiving a sliding door, sash weights, etc.
any isolated group, area, element, etc., contrasted, as in status or condition, with a surrounding element or group: pockets of resistance; a pocket of poverty in the central city.
a small orebody or mass of ore, frequently isolated.
a bin for ore or rock storage.
a raise or small slope fitted with chute gates.
Billiards, Pool. any of the pouches or bags at the corners and sides of the table.
a position in which a competitor in a race is so hemmed in by others that his or her progress is impeded.
Football. the area from which a quarterback throws a pass, usually a short distance behind the line of scrimmage and protected by a wall of blockers.
Bowling. the space between the headpin and the pin next behind to the left or right, taken as the target for a strike.
Baseball. the deepest part of a mitt or glove, roughly in the area around the center of the palm, where most balls are caught.
Nautical. a holder consisting of a strip of sailcloth sewed to a sail, and containing a thin wooden batten that stiffens the leech of the sail.
Anatomy. any saclike cavity in the body: a pus pocket.
an English unit of weight for hops equivalent to 168 pounds (76.4 kg).
small enough or suitable for carrying in the pocket: a pocket watch.
relatively small; smaller than usual: a pocket war; a pocket country.
verb (used with object)
to put into one's pocket: to pocket one's keys.
to take possession of as one's own, often dishonestly: to pocket public funds.
to submit to or endure without protest or open resentment: to pocket an insult.
to conceal or suppress: to pocket one's pride.
to enclose or confine in or as if in a pocket: The town was pocketed in a small valley.
Billiards, Pool. to drive (a ball) into a pocket.
to hem in (a contestant) so as to impede progress, as in racing.
in one's pocket, in one's possession; under one's influence: He has the audience in his pocket.
line one's pockets, to profit, especially at the expense of others: While millions were fighting and dying, the profiteers were lining their pockets.
out of pocket, having suffered a financial loss; poorer: He had made unwise land purchases, and found himself several thousand dollars out of pocket.

1250–1300; Middle English poket < Old North French (Picard) poquet (Old French pochet, pochette), diminutive of poque < Middle Dutch poke poke2; see -et

pocketless, adjective
pocketlike, adjective
unpocket, verb (used with object)

21. steal, pilfer, appropriate, filch.
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pocket (ˈpɒkɪt)
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 pokepoke², bag; related to French poche pocket]

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Word Origin & History

1210, "bag, sack," from Anglo-Fr. pokete (13c.), dim. of O.N.Fr. poque "bag," from Frank. *pokka "bag," from Gmc. *puk- (see poke (n.)). Meaning "small bag worn on the person, especially one sewn into a garment" is from c.1430. Mining sense is attested from 1850; military sense
of "area held by troops surrounded by the enemy" is from 1918. The verb, with implications of dishonesty, is from 1637. Pocket-book (1617) was originally "a book-like case for papers, etc.;" meaning "a woman's purse" is from 1816. Pocket-knife is first recorded 1727; pocket-money is attested from 1632.
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Medical Dictionary

pocket pock·et (pŏk'ĭt)

  1. In anatomy, a cul-de-sac or pouchlike cavity.

  2. A diseased space between the inflamed gum and the surface of a tooth.

  3. A collection of pus in a nearly closed sac.

v. pock·et·ed, pock·et·ing, pock·ets
  1. To enclose within a confined space.

  2. To approach the surface at a localized spot, as with the thinned out wall of an abscess which is about to rupture.

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