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Definition of pocket (Meaning of pocket)
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Pocket Pock"et, n.
	     Any hollow place suggestive of a pocket in form or use;
	     (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.
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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; especially; a small bag inserted in a
	        garment for carrying small articles, particularly money;
	        hence, figuratively, money; wealth.
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	     2. One of several bags attached to a billiard table, into
	        which the balls are driven.
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	     3. A large bag or sack used in packing various articles, as
	        ginger, hops, cowries, etc.
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	     Note: In the wool or hop trade, the pocket contains half a
	           sack, or about 168 Ibs.; but it is a variable quantity,
	           the articles being sold by actual weight.
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	     4. (Arch.) A hole or space covered by a movable piece of
	        board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, or the like.
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	     5. (Mining.)
	        (a) A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or
	            other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a
	        (b) A hole containing water.
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	     6. (Nat.) A strip of canvas, sewn upon a sail so that a
	        batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
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	     7. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Pouch}.
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	     8. Any hollow place suggestive of a pocket in form or use;
	        (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.
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	     9. 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.
	     10. (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.
	     11. (Baseball) The part of a baseball glove covering the palm
	         of the wearer's hand.
	     12. (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
	     Note: Pocket is often used adjectively in the sense of small,
	           or in the formation of compound words usually of
	           obvious signification; as, pocket knife, pocket comb,
	           pocket compass, pocket edition, pocket handkerchief,
	           pocket money, pocket picking, or pocket-picking, etc.
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	     {deep pocket} or
	     {deep pockets}, wealth or substantial financial assets.
	     Note: Used esp. in legal actions, where plaintiffs desire to
	           find a defendant with "deep pockets", so as to be able
	           to actually obtain the sum of damages which may be
	           judged due to him. This contrasts with a
	           "judgment-proof" defendant, one who has neither assets
	           nor insurance, and against whom a judgment for monetary
	           damages would be uncollectable and worthless.
	     {Out of pocket}. See under {Out}, prep.
	     {Pocket borough}, a borough ``owned'' by some person. See
	        under {Borough}. [Eng.]
	     {Pocket gopher} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
	        American rodents of the genera {Geomys}, and {Thomomys},
	        family {Geomyd[ae]}. They have large external cheek
	        pouches, and are fossorial in their habits. they inhabit
	        North America, from the Mississippi Valley west to the
	        Pacific. Called also {pouched gopher}.
	     {Pocket mouse} (Zo["o]l.), any species of American mice of
	        the family {Saccomyid[ae]}. They have external cheek
	        pouches. Some of them are adapted for leaping (genus
	        {Dipadomys}), and are called {kangaroo mice}. They are
	        native of the Southwestern United States, Mexico, etc.
	     {Pocket piece}, a piece of money kept in the pocket and not
	     {Pocket pistol}, a pistol to be carried in the pocket.
	     {Pocket sheriff} (Eng. Law), a sheriff appointed by the sole
	        authority of the crown, without a nomination by the judges
	        in the exchequer. --Burrill.
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	  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
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	              He would pocket the expense of the license.
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	     2. To take clandestinely or fraudulently.
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	              He pocketed pay in the names of men who had long
	              been dead.                            --Macaulay.
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	     {To pocket a ball} (Billiards), to drive a ball into a pocket
	        of the table.
	     {To pocket an insult}, {affront}, etc., to receive an affront
	        without open resentment, or without seeking redress. ``I
	        must pocket up these wrongs.'' --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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