To pocket a ball


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To pocket a ball (Billiards) to drive a ball into a pocket of the table.
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In literature:

To escape from this train of reflection, I put a golf-ball in my pocket, and selecting a driver, strolled out into the paddock.
"Three Men on the Bummel" by Jerome K. Jerome
A gentleman does not carry his passport in his pocket when he goes to a ball!
"Night and Morning, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The pockets bear the same relative proportion to the balls that a tea-cup bears to a French pea.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
One was to pocket his adversary's ball; the other a long shot which required considerable skill.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
A round of applause went up from perhaps fifty pairs of hands when the ball was seen to lie once more in the pocket numbered 24.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
As the lad spoke he took a ball of strong string from his pocket and tied one end to the cage which lay at the bottom of the shaft.
"The Call of the Beaver Patrol" by V. T. Sherman
The wheel hesitated and came to a halt, with the ball trembling in a pocket.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
Taking a ball of twine from one of his capacious pockets, he gave it to Bobby along with a small pocket-book.
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
A part of the balls entered the pockets; the remainder came to rest.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Mabel instantly knocked very loudly with a wooden ninepin-ball that she happened to have in her pocket.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
Drawing a ball of pink string from his pocket, he proceeded to hang his menagerie, talking the while.
"The Wooing of Calvin Parks" by Laura E. Richards
Who knows why he likes to collect in wan pocket a ball iv twine, glass marbles, chewin' gum, a dead sparrow an' half a lemon?
"International Short Stories" by Various
Picking up the ball, he deliberately took a knife from his pocket and tried to cut it in half.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
He pulled a musket ball from his pocket and tossed it to Jeremy.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
It is not a very uncommon occurrence for an adept to pocket six or eight balls in a single break.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
The first step towards dressing for a ball is to undress; the first step towards undressing is to empty one's pockets.
"At Large" by E. W. Hornung
But it was time to start at last, and upon this occasion I had no noisy drawer to open, for I had a ball of new, stout string in my pocket.
"A Fluttered Dovecote" by George Manville Fenn
Suppose a ball to be placed in the centre of either top pocket, or a few inches along the line drawn from the pocket to the spot.
"Hoyle's Games Modernized"
Then from his pocket he took a ball of silvered glass as large as an orange, and began to toss it in his hands.
"The Intoxicated Ghost" by Arlo Bates
He drew a handkerchief out of his pocket; it was rolled into a tight ball, and he handed it to her without more ado.
"Into the Highways and Hedges" by F. F. Montrésor (Frances Frederica)

In poetry:

To tell stories,
Sir, is not my 'forte', 'pon honour:--
Though who would n't make a hazard
When the ball is over the pocket?--
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Students saw how air moved around their cheese balls to create a pocket around the ball of low pressure air.

In science:

Note that this is similar to a roulette where a croupier spins a wheel with 37 pockets in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the circumference of the wheel.
Random Numbers in Scientific Computing: An Introduction