Pocket vs Vacuum - What's the difference?

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Pocket is a related term of vacuum.

As nouns the difference between pocket and vacuum

is that pocket is a bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items while vacuum is (rare|chiefly|netherlands).

As a verb pocket

is to put (something) into a pocket.

As an adjective pocket

is of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.




(en noun)
  • A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items.
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  • , title=(w) , chapter=1 citation , passage= “Do I fidget you ?” he asked apologetically, whilst his long bony fingers buried themselves, string, knots, and all, into the capacious pockets of his magnificent tweed ulster.}}
  • Such a receptacle seen as housing someone's money; hence, financial resources.
  • * 2012 , (Simon Heffer), "In Fagin's Footsteps", Literary Review , 403:
  • There was, for much of the period, no cheap public transport; and even the Underground, or one of Shillibeer's horse-drawn omnibuses, was beyond the pocket of many of the poor.
  • (sports, billiards, pool, snooker) 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.
  • An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.
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  • She knew from avalanche safety courses that outstretched hands might puncture the ice surface and alert rescuers. She knew that if victims ended up buried under the snow, cupped hands in front of the face could provide a small pocket of air for the mouth and nose. Without it, the first breaths could create a suffocating ice mask.
  • (Australia) An area of land surrounded by a loop of a river.
  • (Australian rules football) 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.
  • (American Football) The region directly behind the offensive line in which the quarterback executes plays.
  • (military) An area where military units are completely surrounded by enemy units.
  • (rugby)
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Tom Fordyce , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Matt Stevens was crumpled by Euan Murray in another scrum, allowing Parks to kick for the corner, and when Richie Gray's clean take from the subsequent line-out set up a series of drives under the posts, Parks was back in the pocket to belt over a drop-goal to make it 9-3 at the interval.}}
  • A large bag or sack formerly used for packing various articles, such as ginger, hops, or cowries.
  • (architecture) A hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, etc.
  • (mining) A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a cavity.
  • (nautical) A strip of canvas sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
  • The pouch of an animal.
  • (bowling) The ideal point where the pins are hit by the bowling ball.
  • Derived terms

    * patch pocket * pocketable * subpocket


    (en verb)
  • To put (something) into a pocket.
  • (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table; to complete a shot.
  • (slang) To take and keep (especially money) that which is not one's own.
  • (slang) To shoplift, to steal.
  • To receive (an insult, an affront, etc.) without open resentment, or without seeking redress.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Well, ruffian, I must pocket up these wrongs.


    * (sense) pot * (sense) trouser


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


    * (of a size suitable for a pocket) pocket-size, pocket-sized

    Derived terms

    * air pocket * burn a hole in one's pocket * fob pocket * line one's pockets * pickpocket * piss in someone's pocket * pocketbook * pocket flask * pocketknife * pocket veto * pocket watch

    See also

    * bag * pouch * purse * sack 1000 English basic words ----



    Alternative forms

    * (rare)


    (wikipedia vacuum) (en-noun)
  • A region of space that contains no matter.
  • A vacuum cleaner.
  • The condition of rarefaction, or reduction of pressure below that of the atmosphere, in a vessel, such as the condenser of a steam engine, which is nearly exhausted of air or steam, etc.
  • a vacuum of 26 inches of mercury, or 13 pounds per square inch

    Usage notes

    * In the sense of "a region of space that contains no matter", the plural of vacuum' is either '''vacua''' or '''vacuums'''. In the sense of a "vacuum cleaner" ' vacuums is the only plural. * The Latin in vacuo'' is sometimes used instead of ''in a vacuum (in free space).


    * (vacuum cleaner) hoover (British )


    * (region of space that contains no matter) plenum

    Derived terms

    * power vacuum * vacuum brake * vacuum cleaner * vacuum pan * vacuum valve


    (en verb)
  • To clean (something) with a vacuum cleaner.
  • To use a vacuum cleaner.
  • Synonyms

    * (transitive sense) to hoover (British) * (intransitive sense) to do the hoovering, to hoover (British)