- a rocket firework that ascends into the air and explodes at a height, usually in a brilliant array of sparks of one or more colors.
- Also called scarlet gilia. a plant, Ipomopsis aggregata, of the phlox family, native to western North America, having finely divided leaves and clusters of red, trumpet-shaped flowers.
- an organized group cheer, usually led by a cheerleader, as at a football or basketball game, which begins with a hissing or whistling and ends with a shout.
- to rise or increase rapidly or suddenly, especially to unexpected or unprecedented levels: Prices skyrocketed during the war.
- to cause to rise or increase rapidly and usually suddenly: Economic changes have skyrocketed prices.
- to thrust with sudden dramatic advancement; catapult: Talent has skyrocketed him to fame.
Origin of skyrocket
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Didn't tell you, did I, about Mallory's doin' the skyrocket act?Torchy
So I climbs aboard, Babe opens the cut-out, and we make a skyrocket start.Torchy and Vee
In addition to the children there was Skyrocket, the dog, and Turnover, the cat.
Now there was no sight of Snuff and Turnover, nor of Skyrocket, the other dog.
Course he can't do tricks like Skyrocket and Top, but he's nice to look at.
- another word for rocket 1 (def. 1)
- (intr) informal to rise rapidly, as in price
Word Origin and History for skyrocket
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper