What does pocket mean?

Definitions for pocket
ˈpɒk ɪtpock·et

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pocket.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pocketnoun

    a small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles

  2. pouch, sac, sack, pocketnoun

    an enclosed space

    "the trapped miners found a pocket of air"

  3. pocketnoun

    a supply of money

    "they dipped into the taxpayers' pockets"

  4. pocketnoun

    (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, pocketnoun

    a hollow concave shape made by removing something

  6. air pocket, pocket, air holenoun

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

  7. pocketnoun

    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, pocketnoun

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

  9. pocketverb

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

  10. pocketverb

    put in one's pocket

    "He pocketed the change"

  11. pocket, bagverb

    take unlawfully


  1. Pocketnoun

    An isolated group or area which has properties in contrast to the surrounding area; as, a pocket of poverty in an affluent region; pockets of resistance in a conquered territory; a pocket of unemployment in a booming ecomony.

  2. Pocketnoun

    (Football) The area from which a quarterback throws a pass, behind the line of scrimmage, delineated by the defensive players of his own team who protect him from attacking opponents; as, he had ample time in the pocket to choose an open receiver.

  3. Pocketnoun

    (Baseball) The part of a baseball glove covering the palm of the wearer's hand.

  4. Pocketnoun

    (Bowling) the space between the head pin and one of the pins in the second row, considered as the optimal point at which to aim the bowling ball in order to get a strike.

  5. Pocketnoun

    Any hollow place suggestive of a pocket in form or use; specif.: (a) A bin for storing coal, grain, etc. (b) A socket for receiving the foot of a post, stake, etc. (c) A bight on a lee shore. (d) a small cavity in the body, especially one abnormally filled with a fluid; as, a pocket of pus. (e) (Dentistry) a small space between a tooth and the adjoining gum, formed by an abnormal separation of the gum from the tooth.


  1. pocketnoun

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

  2. pocketnoun

    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. pocketnoun

    An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.

    The drilling expedition discovered a pocket of natural gas.

  4. pocketnoun

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

  5. pocketnoun

    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. pocketnoun

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

  7. pocketnoun

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

  8. pocketverb

    To put (something) into a pocket.

  9. pocketverb

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

  10. pocketverb

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

  11. pocketverb

    To shoplift, to steal.

  12. pocketadjective

    Of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.

    pocket dictionary

  13. pocketadjective

    Smaller or more compact than usual.

    pocket battleship

  14. pocketadjective

    Referring to the two initial hole cards.

    A pocket pair of kings.

  15. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pocketnoun

    The small bag inserted into cloaths.

    Etymology: pocca , Saxon; pochet, Fr.

    Here’s a letter
    Found in the pocket of the slain Roderigo. William Shakespeare.

    Whilst one hand exalts the blow,
    And on the earth extends the foe;
    T’ other would take it wond’rous ill,
    If in your pocket he lay still. Matthew Prior.

    As he was seldom without medals in his pocket, he would often shew us the same face on an old coin, that we saw in the statue. Joseph Addison, on Ancient Medals.

  2. To Pocketverb

    Etymology: pocheter, Fr. from the noun.

    Bless’d paper-credit!
    Gold, imp’d with this, can compass hardest things,
    Can pocket states, or fetch or carry kings. Alexander Pope.

    If thy pocket were enriched with any other injuries but these, I am a villain; and yet you will stand to it, you will not pocket up wrongs. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    He lays his claim
    To half the profit, half the fame,
    And helps to pocket up the game. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pocketnoun

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

  2. Pocketnoun

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

  3. Pocketnoun

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

  4. Pocketnoun

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

  5. Pocketnoun

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

  6. Pocketnoun

    a hole containing water

  7. Pocketnoun

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

  8. Pocketnoun

    same as Pouch

  9. Pocketverb

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

  10. Pocketverb

    to take clandestinely or fraudulently

  11. Etymology: [OE. poket, Prov. F. & OF. poquette, F. pochette, dim. fr. poque, pouque, F. poche; probably of Teutonic origin. See Poke a pocket, and cf. Poach to cook eggs, to plunder, and Pouch.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pocket

    pok′et, n. a little pouch or bag, esp. one attached to a dress or to a billiard table: any cavity in which anything can lie: in mining, an irregular cavity filled with veinstone and ore: money, as being carried in the pocket: a bag of wool, &c., containing about 168 lb.—v.t. to put in the pocket: to take stealthily: to conceal:—pr.p. pock′eting; pa.t. and pa.p. pock′eted.ns. Pock′et-book, a note-book: a book for holding papers or money carried in the pocket: a book for frequent perusal, to be carried in the pocket; Pock′et-bor′ough (see Borough); Pock′et-cloth, a pocket-handkerchief; Pock′etful, as much as a pocket will hold; Pock′et-glass, a small looking-glass for the pocket; Pock′et-hand′kerchief, a handkerchief carried in the pocket; Pock′et-hole, the opening into a pocket; Pock′et-knife, a knife with one or more blades folding into the handle for carrying in the pocket; Pock′et-mon′ey, money carried for occasional expenses; Pock′et-pick′ing, act or practice of picking the pocket; Pock′et-pis′tol, a pistol carried in the pocket: a small travelling flask for liquor.—Pocket an insult, affront, &c., to submit to or put up with it; Pocket edition, a small portable edition of a standard book.—In pocket, in possession of money; Out of pocket, to lose money by a transaction; Pick a person's pocket, to steal from his pocket. [Fr. pochette, dim. of poche, pouch.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. pocket

    The seat of the human soul.


  1. Pocket

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pocket

    A commercial quantity of wool, containing half a sack. Also, the frog of a belt.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pocket in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pocket in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pocket in a Sentence

  1. Jim Price:

    The big institutions pocket all the money on the first few days of trading and they know the exact moment when to trigger a flip and sell, where does that leave individual investors ? Not in a very good place.

  2. Deputy Richard Tidwell:

    I praised him and loved on him, i pulled the chicken reward out of my pocket. He ate the chicken and wanted to meet other people as if to say, ‘Look what I’ve done.’.

  3. Mike Della:

    Now, every single time I have my iPhone, instead of putting it in my pocket, I put it in the seat next to me because of this case, my wife does the same thing, and so does everyone else at the (law) firm. It's a little scary.

  4. Todd Fisher:

    He had just moved in, and he was showing us around the house, i had just gotten to town and, being a teenager, he assumed that Carrie Fisher and I were smoking a little pot … So he puts his arm around me and he goes, ‘ Hey, man. ’ Puts a couple joints in my pocket, and he goes, ‘ Do n’t go to strangers. ’ I ’d only known him from the movies. I was a little kid when he made the movie ‘ The Rat Race ’ with my mother, and nobody was even thinking in these terms … At that moment, my mother did n’t know Carrie Fisher and I were smoking pot at all. He was even kind of hiding it from her. So it was a little bit of a revelation.

  5. Betty McCray:

    I didn’t defraud the city of anything, they are trying to get those homes back, so they can get the money and put it in their pocket.

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    a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile
    • A. loom
    • B. embellish
    • C. efface
    • D. abduct

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