- any of various simple or complex tubelike devices containing combustibles that on being ignited liberate gases whose action propels the tube through the air: used for pyrotechnic effect, signaling, carrying a lifeline, hurling explosives at an enemy, putting a space vehicle into orbit, etc.
- a space capsule or vehicle put into orbit by such devices.
- rocket engine.
- to move or transport by means of a rocket.
- to attack with rockets.
- to move like a rocket.
- (of game birds) to fly straight up rapidly when flushed.
Origin of rocket1
Examples from the Web for rocketed
Since then, however, support for marriage equality has rocketed into the mainstream.Virginia is for Lovers, Finally
February 14, 2014
The strong month also rocketed the company past Nissan to the year-to-date sales lead.Sales Increase for Electric Vehicles
July 2, 2013
Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs – but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.Full Text and Video of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address
February 13, 2013
Then Gingrich rocketed into first place in the polls and expectations soared; he might actually win Iowa!Iowa Caucuses Are as Distorted as a Funhouse Mirror
January 2, 2012
He rocketed to the top of the polls, fell back to Earth, and now he has officially bowed out of the 2012 race.Donald Trump Not Running for President
May 16, 2011
I nosed up vertically, and rocketed for a position above the ship.The Airlords of Han
Philip Francis Nowlan
One of them rocketed out of the press of cattle straight at Lafe.The Sheriff of Badger
George B. Pattullo
Lines had to be rocketed from the schooner to the other vessels.The Riverman
Stewart Edward White
They rocketed down through the notch, as sure of the narrow pathway as though the noonday sun was shining on the cables.A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.
Rutherford G. Montgomery
The bi-plane whisked down the field and rocketed into the blue morning sky.A Thought For Tomorrow
Robert E. Gilbert
- a self-propelling device, esp a cylinder containing a mixture of solid explosives, used as a firework, distress signal, line carrier, etc
- any vehicle propelled by a rocket engine, esp one used to carry a warhead, spacecraft, etc
- (as modifier)rocket propulsion; rocket launcher
- British and NZ informal a severe reprimand (esp in the phrase get a rocket)
- (tr) to propel (a missile, spacecraft, etc) by means of a rocket
- (intr ; foll by off, away , etc) to move off at high speed
- (intr) to rise rapidlyhe rocketed to the top
- Also called: arugula a Mediterranean plant, Eruca sativa, having yellowish-white flowers and leaves used as a salad: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
- any of several plants of the related genus Sisymbrium, esp S. irio (London rocket), which grow on waste ground and have pale yellow flowers
- yellow rocket any of several yellow-flowered plants of the related genus Barbarea, esp B. vulgaris
- sea rocket any of several plants of the related genus Cakile, esp C. maritima, which grow along the seashores of Europe and North America and have mauve, pink, or white flowers
- dame's rocket another name for dame's violet
Word Origin and History for rocketed
garden plant of the cabbage family, c.1500, from Middle French roquette (16c.), from Italian rochetta, diminutive of ruca "a kind of cabbage," from Latin eruca "colewort," perhaps so called for its downy stems and related to ericus "hedgehog," also "a beam set with spikes," from PIE *ghers- "to bristle" (see horror).
type of self-propelling projectile, 1610s, from Italian rocchetto "a rocket," literally "a bobbin," diminutive of rocca "a distaff," so called because of cylindrical shape. The Italian word probably is from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German rocko "distaff," Old Norse rokkr), from Proto-Germanic *rukkon-, from PIE root *rug- "fabric, spun yarn."
Originally "fireworks rocket," meaning "device propelled by a rocket engine" first recorded 1919; rocket-ship in the modern sense first attested February 1927 ("Popular Science"); earlier as a type of naval warship firing projectiles. Rocket science in the figurative sense of "difficult, complex process or topic" is attested by 1985. Rocket scientist is from 1952.
That such a feat is considered within the range of possibility is evidenced by the activities of scientists in Europe as well as in America. Two of them, Prof. Herman Oberth and Dr. Franz Hoeff, of Vienna, are constructing a five-ton rocket ship in which they hope to reach the moon in two days. ["Popular Science," Feb. 1927]
"to spring like a rocket," 1860, from rocket (n.2). Earlier "to attack with rockets" (1799). Related: Rocketed; rocketing.
- A vehicle or device propelled by one or more rocket engines, especially such a vehicle designed to travel through space.