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.

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  1. A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items.
  2. Such a receptacle seen as housing someone's money; hence, financial resources.
  3. 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.
  4. An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.
  5. An area of land surrounded by a loop of a river.
  6. 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.
  7. The region directly behind the offensive line in which the quarterback executes plays.
  8. An area where military units are completely surrounded by enemy units.
  9. A large bag or sack formerly used for packing various articles, such as ginger, hops, or cowries.
  10. A hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, etc.
  11. A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a cavity.
  12. A strip of canvas sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
  13. The pouch of an animal.


  1. To put (something) into a pocket.
  2. To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table; to complete a shot.
  3. To take and keep (especially money) that which is not one's own.
  4. To shoplift, to steal.


  1. Of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.
    pocket dictionary
  2. Smaller or more compact than usual.
  3. Referring to the two initial hole cards.
    A pocket pair of kings.

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