Definitions for pocketˈpɒk ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pock•etˈpɒk ɪt(n.)

  1. a shaped piece of fabric attached inside or outside a garment and forming a pouch used esp. for carrying small articles.

    Category: Clothing

  2. means; financial resources:

    gifts to suit every pocket.

  3. a bag or pouch.

  4. any pouchlike receptacle, compartment, or cavity.

  5. an isolated group, area, or element contrasted with a surrounding element or group:

    pockets of resistance.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. a small, well-defined mass of ore, frequently isolated.

    Category: Mining

  7. any of the pouches at the corners and sides of a pool table.

    Category: Games

  8. a position in which a competitor in a race is so hemmed in by others that his or her progress is impeded.

  9. Football. the area from which a quarterback throws a pass, usu. a short distance behind the line of scrimmage and protected by a wall of blockers.

    Category: Sports and Games

  10. Bowling. the space between the headpin and the pin next behind to the left or right, taken as the target for a strike.

  11. Baseball. the deepest part of a mitt or glove, roughly the center of the palm, where most balls are caught.

    Category: Sports and Games

  12. a recess, as in a wall, for receiving a sliding door, sash weights, etc.

    Category: Building Trades

  13. Ref: air pocket.

  14. (adj.)small enough for carrying in the pocket:

    a pocket calculator.

  15. relatively small; small-scale:

    a pocket war.

  16. (v.t.)to put into one's pocket:

    to pocket one's keys.

  17. to take as one's own, often dishonestly; appropriate:

    to pocket public funds.

  18. to endure without protest:

    to pocket an insult.

  19. to conceal or suppress:

    to pocket one's pride.

  20. to enclose; confine; hem in or as if in a pocket:

    The town was pocketed in a small valley.

  21. to drive (a ball) into the pocket of a pool table.

    Category: Games

  22. to retain (a legislative bill) without action and thus prevent from becoming a law.

    Category: Government

Idioms for pocket:

  1. in someone's pocket,completely under someone's influence.

    Category: Idiom

  2. line one's pockets,to profit, esp. at the expense of others.

    Category: Idiom

  3. out of pocket,having suffered a financial loss; poorer.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of pocket:

1250–1300; ME poket < ONF (Picard) poquet (OF pochet, pochette), dim. of poque < MD pokepoke2; see -et

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pocket(noun)

    a small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles

  2. pouch, sac, sack, pocket(noun)

    an enclosed space

    "the trapped miners found a pocket of air"

  3. pocket(noun)

    a supply of money

    "they dipped into the taxpayers' pockets"

  4. pocket(noun)

    (bowling) the space between the headpin and the pins behind it on the right or left

    "the ball hit the pocket and gave him a perfect strike"

  5. scoop, pocket(noun)

    a hollow concave shape made by removing something

  6. air pocket, pocket, air hole(noun)

    a local region of low pressure or descending air that causes a plane to lose height suddenly

  7. pocket(noun)

    a small isolated group of people

    "they were concentrated in pockets inside the city"; "the battle was won except for cleaning up pockets of resistance"

  8. pouch, pocket(noun)

    (anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican)

  9. pocket(verb)

    an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck

  10. pocket(verb)

    put in one's pocket

    "He pocketed the change"

  11. pocket, bag(verb)

    take unlawfully

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pocket(noun)ˈpɒk ɪt

    a bag-like part of a piece of clothing, bag, etc.

    He put the key in his jeans pocket.; the pocket on the back of the seats on a plane

  2. pocketˈpɒk ɪt

    a place where sth began or continues

    pockets of resistance against the government

  3. pocketˈpɒk ɪt

    the money sb has to spend

    She paid for a new computer out of her own pocket.

  4. pocket(verb)ˈpɒk ɪt

    to steal or take for yourself

    He pocketed the rest of the money.

  5. pocket(adjective)ˈpɒk ɪt


    a pocket dictionary


  1. pocket(Noun)

    A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items.

  2. pocket(Noun)

    An indention and cavity with a net sack or similar structure (into which the balls are to be struck) at each corner and one centered on each side of a pool or snooker table.

  3. pocket(Noun)

    An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.

    The drilling expedition discovered a pocket of natural gas.

  4. pocket(Noun)

    An area of land surrounded by a loop of a river (Australian English)

  5. pocket(Noun)

    The area of the field to the side of the goal posts (four pockets in total on the field, one to each side of the goals at each end of the ground). The pocket is only a roughly defined area, extending from the behind post, at an angle, to perhaps about 30 meters out.

  6. pocket(Noun)

    The region directly behind the offensive line in which the quarterback executes plays.

  7. pocket(Noun)

    An area where military units are completely surrounded by enemy units.

  8. pocket(Verb)

    To put (something) into a pocket.

  9. pocket(Verb)

    To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table; to complete a shot.

  10. pocket(Verb)

    To take and keep (especially money) that which is not one's own.

  11. pocket(Verb)

    To shoplift, to steal.

  12. pocket(Adjective)

    Of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.

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  13. pocket(Adjective)

    Smaller or more compact than usual.

    pocket battleship

  14. pocket(Adjective)

    Referring to the two initial hole cards.

    A pocket pair of kings.

  15. Origin: From pocket, from poket, diminutive of poque, poke, of origin, from *, from puk-, from buk-. Cognate with poke, Pfoch, pocca, pohha, poki. See also Modern pochette.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pocket(noun)

    a bag or pouch; especially; a small bag inserted in a garment for carrying small articles, particularly money; hence, figuratively, money; wealth

  2. Pocket(noun)

    one of several bags attached to a billiard table, into which the balls are driven

  3. Pocket(noun)

    a large bag or sack used in packing various articles, as ginger, hops, cowries, etc

  4. Pocket(noun)

    a hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, or the like

  5. Pocket(noun)

    a cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a cavity

  6. Pocket(noun)

    a hole containing water

  7. Pocket(noun)

    a strip of canvas, sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace

  8. Pocket(noun)

    same as Pouch

  9. Pocket(verb)

    to put, or conceal, in the pocket; as, to pocket the change

  10. Pocket(verb)

    to take clandestinely or fraudulently


  1. Pocket

    A pocket is a bag- or envelope-like receptacle either fastened to or inserted in an article of clothing to hold small items. Pockets may also be attached to luggage, backpacks, and similar items. In older usage, a pocket was a separate small bag or pouch.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. pocket

    The seat of the human soul.


  1. Pocket

    Pocket is a service that lets you save what you find on the web to watch and read on any device, anytime.Founded in August 2007 by Nate Weiner, it is now based in San Francisco.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pocket' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3016

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pocket' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1951

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pocket' in Nouns Frequency: #896

Translations for pocket

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small bag sewn into or on to clothes, for carrying things in

He stood with his hands in his pockets; a coat-pocket; (also adjective) a pocket-handkerchief, a pocket-knife.

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