I. noun Etymology: Middle English poket, from Anglo-French poket, pochete, diminutive of poke, pouche bag — more at pouch Date: 15th century 1. a. a small bag carried by a person ; purse b. a small bag that is sewed or inserted in a garment so that it is open at the top or side <
coat pocket
2. supply of money ; means 3. receptacle, container: as a. an opening at the corner or side of a billiard table b. a superficial pouch in some animals 4. a small often isolated area or group <
pockets of unemployment
: a. a cavity containing a deposit (as of gold, water, or gas) b. air pocket 5. a place for a batten made by sewing a strip on a sail 6. a. blind alley b. the position of a contestant in a race hemmed in by others c. an area formed by blockers from which a football quarterback attempts to pass 7. the concave area at the base of the finger sections of a baseball glove or mitt in which the ball is normally caught • pocketful noun II. transitive verb Date: 1589 1. a. to put or enclose in or as if in one's pocket <
pocketed the change
b. to appropriate to one's own use ; steal c. to refuse assent to (a bill) by a pocket veto 2. to put up with ; accept 3. to set aside ; suppress <
pocketed his pride
4. a. to hem in b. to drive (a ball) into a pocket of a pool table 5. to cover or supply with pockets • pocketable adjective III. adjective Date: 1612 1. a. small enough to be carried in the pocket b. small, miniature <
a pocket park
2. a. of or relating to money b. carried in or paid from one's own pocket

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Pocket — Pock et (p[o^]k [e^]t), n. [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. A bag or pouch;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pocket — ► NOUN 1) a small bag sewn into or on clothing, used for carrying small articles. 2) a small, isolated patch, group, or area. 3) (one s pocket) informal one s financial resources. 4) a pouch like storage compartment in a suitcase, car door, etc.… …   English terms dictionary

  • pocket — [päk′it] n. [ME poket < Anglo Fr pokete, for MFr dial. poquette, dim. of poque, poche: see POACH1] 1. Archaic a sack, esp. when used to measure something 2. a) a little bag or pouch, now usually sewn into or on clothing, for carrying money and …   English World dictionary

  • Pocket — Pock et, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pocketed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pocketing}.] 1. To put, or conceal, in the pocket; as, to pocket the change. [1913 Webster] He would pocket the expense of the license. Sterne. [1913 Webster] 2. To take clandestinely or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pocket — [pɔkɛt] n. ÉTYM. 1830, Balzac, au sens 1, in Rey Debove et Gagnon; mot angl. « poche ». ❖ ♦ Anglicisme. 1 Vx. Pocket book. 2 (Mil. XXe). Fam …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pocket — / pɑkit/, it. / pɔket/ s. ingl. [da pocket tasca ], usato in ital. al masch. (bibl.) [libro di piccolo formato, venduto generalm. a basso prezzo] ▶◀ [➨ pocket book] …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • pocket — [adj] small, portable abridged, canned, capsule, compact, concise, condensed, diminutive, epitomized, itsy bitsy*, little, midget, miniature, minute, peewee*, pint sized*, potted, tiny, wee; concept 773 Ant. big, huge, large pocket [n] cavity,… …   New thesaurus

  • Pocket — Pock et, n. Any hollow place suggestive of a pocket in form or use; specif.: (a) A bin for strong coal, grain, etc. (b) A socket for receiving the foot of a post, stake, etc. (c) A bright on a lee shore. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pocket — (engl.), die Tasche, daher P. book, das Taschenbuch, P. chronometer, der Taschenchronometer etc …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • pocket — index obtain, receive (acquire), steal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pocket — n *hole, hollow, cavity, void, vacuum …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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