Meaning of POCKET in English


I. ˈpäkə̇t, usu -ə̇d.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English poket, from Old North French pokete, diminutive of poke, poque bag, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch poke bag — more at poke

1. : a coarse bag or sack ; especially : one used in packing produce for market

the packing of green beans and peas in orange pockets — W.J.C. van Rensburg

rice pockets


a. : a small bag carried by a person : purse

Lucy Locket lost her pocket

b. : a small cloth bag sewed or inserted into a garment and left open at the top or side

pants pocket

coat pocket

change pocket

3. : any of various units of weight ; especially : an English unit for hops equal to 168 pounds

4. : supply of money : means

ample choice of accommodations to fit all pockets — Christian Science Monitor

the real gems I have seen were beyond my pocket — H.J.Laski

5. : something that serves as a receptacle or container: as

a. : any of the bags at the corners or sides of a billiard table

b. : a superficial pouch in some animals (as the cheek pouch of the pocket gopher)


(1) : a receptacle usually of strong paper and open at one end attached to the inside cover of a book

(2) : envelope


(1) : the trap of a weir or pound net

(2) : the cod of a seine

e. : a box (as in a sorting case) or space (as on a checkerboard) for holding classified or alphabetized items or counters

6. : a small isolated area or group distinguished (as in substance, form, contents, or condition) from a larger area or group surrounding it

pockets of unemployment, scattered across the country — U.S. News & World Report

pockets here and there where the population has remained unchanged since remotest centuries — G.O.Williams



(1) : a cavity found on or beneath the surface of the ground and containing a deposit (as of gold, oil, gas, or water)

china clay and china stone found in great pockets on the surface of the granite masses — L.D.Stamp

an oil pocket underlying the city — American Guide Series: Michigan

(2) : a small body of ore

are not uniformly ore bearing, but rather punctuated with pockets and sheets of iron ore — American Guide Series: Minnesota

b. : a small abnormal enclosed formation in the body

a pocket is formed with a center of degenerated and infected material — Morris Fishbein

c. : a battle area or a body of soldiers surrounded or nearly surrounded by enemy forces

the woods might have been planned by a master strategist to hold pockets of resistance — Infantry Journal

d. : air hole

7. : a hollow place or cavity: as

a. : a mountain glen or hollow

small villages resting solidly in the pockets of northern mountains — American Guide Series: New Jersey

b. : a socket into which something (as a post, stake, or bar) fits

the bars slide into pockets in the interior of the reactor — Leon Svirsky

c. : a cavity in a casting or a high point in a pipeline where foreign substance (as dirt or air) can collect and possibly become detrimental to intended functioning

d. : a hole or recess in a building member (as a window frame or flue)

a venetian blind pocket

a soot pocket

e. : an interspace made by sewing a strip of canvas on a sail in which a batten or a light spar can be placed

f. : a space between two bowling pins

g. : a cavity made in a piece of meat by a deep cut or removal of a bone to permit the insertion of stuffing

a pocket in a shoulder of veal

a pocket roast

8. : an enclosed place or area: as

a. : a bight on a lee shore

a little pocket with a stone beach at the head of it — G.W.Brace

b. : blind alley

no pockets or dead ends in which pupils might be trapped — National Fire Codes

c. : the position of a contestant in a race hemmed in by others


a. : a temporary extension to a foundry flask

b. : a large core of a foundry mold enclosed on three sides by metal and well pierced

- in one's pocket

- in pocket

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb


a. : to put away in or as if in one's pocket

pocketed his change

pocketed his tools

pocketed his winnings

b. : to appropriate to one's own use : steal

pocketed the money he collected for charity

fail to ring up a sale, pocket the cash — H.N.Schisler

c. : to hold under one's personal control

circumvented in his attempt to pocket the legislature — E.A.Weeks

d. : to veto (a bill) by retaining it unsigned until after a legislature has adjourned

the president and some governors have the power to kill a bill by pocketing it

2. : to put up with : accept , swallow

if I calmly pocket the abuse, I am laughed at — Oliver Goldsmith

cheerfully pocketed a loss in some cases — Warner Olivier

3. : to set aside : forget about : suppress

had almost of necessity pocketed his pride — A.J.Cronin

pocket his scruples


a. : to enclose in or as if in a pocket

the ring of hills in which the town is pocketed — American Guide Series: Pennsylvania

it has walls … high rocky ones that pocket fern and orchis — D.C.Peattie

b. : to force into a pocket : prevent from running or moving freely : hem in

pocket a boat in such a manner that she cannot escape or get ahead — H.A.Calahan

c. : to drive (a ball) into a pocket of a pool table

5. : to form into a pocket or pouch : collect (pus) in a pocket or pouch

6. : to create or establish pockets in

pocketed the nation here and there with jobless — Time

a pocketed dress

intransitive verb

: to form pockets

an automatic press that performs shaping operations, such as bumping, heading, and pocketing — Dict. of Occupations

III. adjective


a. : small or flat enough to be carried in the pocket

a pocket dictionary

a pocket flask

b. : reduced in size : smaller than others of its kind : miniature

the recent bloodless pocket civil war — Paul Hofmann

c. : condensed

a pocket drama

a pocket lecture

2. : of or relating to money : monetary

our pocket interest has something to do with our attitude — Textbooks in Education

3. : carried in or paid from one's own pocket : used for or consisting of small cash outlays

an adequate sum for pocket expenses

4. : isolated

modern art is not a pocket movement — Howard Devree

IV. noun

: an area formed by blockers from which a football quarterback attempts to pass

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