pocket

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • noun a large sack of dry hops

Construction

  • A recess in a wall to receive an end of a beam.
  • A recess in a wall to receive part or all of an architectural item, such as a curtain or folding door.
  • The slot on the pulley stile of a double-hung window through which the sash weight is placed in the sash weight channel.

Investing

  • noun to have made a profit of £25
    to have lost £25

Medical

Politics

  • verb to retain a bill without signing it in order to stop it becoming approved by Congress

Publishing

  • noun paper folded like an envelope and glued inside the cover of a book to hold a map or other insert
  • noun a type of envelope with a triangular flap

Travel

  • noun a small bag attached to the inside of a piece of clothing to hold money, keys and other small articles

Origin & History of “pocket”

A pocket is etymologically a ‘small bag’. It comes from Anglo-Norman poket, a diminutive form of poke ‘bag’ (source of English poke ‘bag’ (13th c.), now used only in the expression ‘buy a pig in a poke’). Its Old French equivalent was poche, source of English pouch (14th c.) (and of poach). this was acquired from Frankish *pokka ‘bag’, a derivative of the same Germanic base (*puk-) as produced English pock (whose plural has become pox) and pucker.
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