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Pocket "Pock"et", n. [OE. poket, Prov. F. & OF. poquette, F. pochette, dim. fr. poque, pouque, F. poche; probably of Teutonic origin. See a pocket, and cf. to cook eggs, to plunder, and .] 1. A bag or pouch; especially; a small bag inserted in a garment for carrying small articles, particularly money; hence, figuratively, money; wealth.
2. One of several bags attached to a billiard table, into which the balls are driven.
3. A large bag or sack used in packing various articles, as ginger, hops, cowries, etc.
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.
4. (Arch.) A hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, or the like.
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 cavity. (b) A hole containing water.
6. (Nat.) A strip of canvas, sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
7. (Zo["o]l.) Same as .
Note: Pocket is often used adjectively, or in the formation of compound words usually of obvious signification; as, pocket comb, pocket compass, pocket edition, pocket handkerchief, pocket money, pocket picking, or pocket-picking, etc.
. See under , prep.
, a borough ``owned'' by some person. See under . [Eng.]
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of American rodents of the genera , and , 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 .
(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 ), and are called . They are native of the Southwestern United States, Mexico, etc.
, a piece of money kept in the pocket and not spent.
, a pistol to be carried in the pocket.
(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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