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noun

(not in technical use) a nearly vertical air current that can cause an aircraft to experience a sudden change in altitude, usually a decrease.

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Also called air hole.

Origin of air pocket

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for air pocket

air pocket

noun

a localized region of low air density or a descending air current, causing an aircraft to suffer an abrupt decrease in height
any pocket of air that prevents the flow of a liquid or gas, as in a pipe
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