Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small baglike attachment forming part of a garment and used to carry small articles, as a flat pouch sewn inside a pair of pants or a piece of material sewn on its sides and bottom to the outside of a shirt.
  • noun A small sack or bag.
  • noun A receptacle, cavity, or opening.
  • noun Financial means; money supply.
  • noun A small cavity in the earth, especially one containing ore.
  • noun A small body or accumulation of ore.
  • noun A pouch in an animal body, such as the cheek pouch of a rodent or the abdominal pouch of a marsupial.
  • noun Games One of the pouchlike receptacles at the corners and sides of a billiard or pool table.
  • noun Sports The webbing attached to the head of a lacrosse stick, in which the ball is caught and held.
  • noun Baseball The deepest part of a baseball glove, just below the web, where the ball is normally caught.
  • noun Sports A racing position in which a contestant has no room to pass a group of contestants immediately to his or her front or side.
  • noun A small, isolated, or protected area or group.
  • noun Football The area a few yards behind the line of scrimmage that blockers attempt to keep clear so that the quarterback can pass the ball.
  • noun An air pocket.
  • noun A bin for storing ore, grain, or other materials.
  • adjective Suitable for or capable of being carried in one's pocket.
  • adjective Small; miniature.
  • adjective Designating the two cards that are dealt to a player face down in Texas hold'em.
  • transitive verb To place in a pocket.
  • transitive verb To take possession of for oneself, especially dishonestly.
  • transitive verb To accept or tolerate (an insult, for example).
  • transitive verb To conceal or suppress.
  • transitive verb To prevent (a bill) from becoming law by failing to sign until the adjournment of the legislature.
  • transitive verb Sports To hem in (a competitor) in a race.
  • transitive verb Games To hit (a ball) into a pocket of a pool or billiard table.
  • idiom (in (one's) pocket) In one's power, influence, or possession.
  • idiom (in pocket) Having funds.
  • idiom (in pocket) Having gained or retained funds of a specified amount.
  • idiom (out of pocket) Out of one's own resources.
  • idiom (out of pocket) Without funds or assets.
  • idiom (out of pocket) In a state of having experienced a loss, especially a financial one.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small cavity in a rock-surface or in the channel of an intermittent stream, sometimes holding a pool of water. Also called a water-pocket.
  • noun In Australia: A bar formed by a river at a bend, much curved and hollowed out near its shore end.
  • noun A circular, hollowed-out spot in thick scrub.
  • noun A small pouch or bag; specifically, a small pouch inserted in a garment for” carrying money or other small articles.
  • noun That which is carried in the pocket; money; means; financial resources.
  • noun One of the small bags or nets at the corners and sides of some billiard-tables.
  • noun Any cavity or opening forming a receptacle: as, a brace-pocket, a post-pocket, etc.
  • noun In a window lifted with sashes, the hole for a pulley.
  • noun In mining, an irregular cavity filled with veinstone and ore; a swelling of the lode in an irregular manner, in which a more or less isolated mass of ore occurs.
  • noun A glen or hollow among mountains.
  • noun A certain quantity of hops, wool, etc., equal to about 168 pounds.
  • noun In racing slang, a position in a race where one contestant is surrounded by three or more others, so that, owing to the impeding of his advance, he has no chance to win.
  • noun In zoology and anatomy: A blind sac; a sac-shaped cavity
  • noun The external cheek-pouch of a rodent, as of the Geomyidæ and Saccomyidæ. See cuts under Geomyidæ and Perognathus.
  • noun The abdominal pouch of a marsupial
  • noun The abdominal cavity of a halibut or other fish.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, pouch, small bag, from Anglo-Norman pokete, diminutive of Old North French poke, bag, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English pocket ("bag, sack"), from Anglo-Norman poket, Old Northern French poquet, poquete, diminutive of poque, poke ("bag, sack") (compare modern French pochette from Old French pochete, from puche), from Frankish *pokka (“pouch”), from Proto-Germanic *puk-, *pūka- (“bag, pouch”), from Proto-Indo-European *buk-, *bu-, *beu- (“to blow, swell”). Cognate with Middle Dutch poke, Alemannic German Pfoch ("purse, bag"), Old English pocca, pohha ("poke, pouch, pocket, bag"), Old Norse poki ("bag, pocket"). Cf. the related poke ("sack or bag"). See also Modern French pochette.

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