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Definition: pocket borough
n : a sparsely populated borough in which all or most of the
land is owned by a single family
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Definition: Pocket borough
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
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 Pouch
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.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
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.
, 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
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
, a borough “owned”
by some person. See
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
American rodents of the genera Geomys
, and Thomomys
. 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
(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 kangaroo mice
. They are
native of the Southwestern United States, Mexico, etc.
, a piece of money kept in the pocket and not
, 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.
, n. [OE. burgh, burw, boru, port, town,
burrow, AS. burh, burg; akin to Icel., Sw., & Dan. borg, OS.
& D. burg, OHG. puruc, purc, MHG. burc, G. burg, Goth.
ba['u]rgs; and from the root of AS. beorgan to hide, save,
defend, G. bergen; or perh. from that of AS. beorg hill,
mountain. [root]95. See Bury
, v. t., and cf. Burrow
, n., Burgess
1. In England, an incorporated town that is not a city; also,
a town that sends members to parliament; in Scotland, a
body corporate, consisting of the inhabitants of a certain
district, erected by the sovereign, with a certain
jurisdiction; in America, an incorporated town or village,
as in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. --Burrill. Erskine.
2. The collective body of citizens or inhabitants of a
borough; as, the borough voted to lay a tax.
, or Pocket borough
, a borough having the
right of sending a member to Parliament, whose nomination
is in the hands of a single person.
, a name given to any borough which, at the
time of the passage of the Reform Bill of 1832, contained
but few voters, yet retained the privilege of sending a
member to Parliament.