verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of rocket1
Origin of rocket2
Related Words for rocketweapon, missile, spacecraft, booster, firework, torpedo, spaceship, sail, escalate, rise, ascend, zoom, lift, skyrocket, climb, grow, soar, ICBM, tower
Examples from the Web for rocket
Contemporary Examples of rocket
The questions going through my mind are: How on earth are there Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers in the heart of Paris?Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
These people that work for the BOP are not rocket scientists.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
Her brothers formed a group to rescue people after a rocket attack.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
It is adopting technology—in rocket propulsion, composite construction, and aerodynamic refinements—already in use elsewhere.
That would require the rocket to run for 55 to 60 seconds without a glitch.
Historical Examples of rocket
Think of our world as it looks from the rocket that is heading toward Mars.
Suppose we could put a rocket on the Moon and bring it back?The Big Tomorrow
That must be it—I was piloting a rocket and cracked up somewhere on Mars.Flamedown
Horace Brown Fyfe
And he must take her in, now that he had lost his own rocket!
It had, then, last been used to enter the rocket, not to leave it.
- any vehicle propelled by a rocket engine, esp one used to carry a warhead, spacecraft, etc
- (as modifier)rocket propulsion; rocket launcher
verb -ets, -eting or -eted
Word Origin for rocket
Word Origin for rocket
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.
masc. proper name, Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard, from Old High German Ricohard "strong in rule," from Proto-Germanic *rik- "ruler" (see rich) + *harthu "hard," from PIE *kar-o- (see hard). "One of the most popular names introduced by the Normans. Usually Latinized as Ricardus, the common form was Ricard, whence the pet form Rick, etc." ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]