verb (used with object)

to move or transport by means of a rocket.
to attack with rockets.

verb (used without object)

to move like a rocket.
(of game birds) to fly straight up rapidly when flushed.

Origin of rocket

1605–15; < Italian rocchetta, diminutive of rocca distaff (with reference to its shape) < Gothic *rukka
Related formsrock·et·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for rocketed

sail, escalate, rise, ascend, zoom, lift, skyrocket, climb, grow, soar, tower

Examples from the Web for rocketed

Contemporary Examples of rocketed

Historical Examples of rocketed

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rocketed




a self-propelling device, esp a cylinder containing a mixture of solid explosives, used as a firework, distress signal, line carrier, etc
  1. any vehicle propelled by a rocket engine, esp one used to carry a warhead, spacecraft, etc
  2. (as modifier)rocket propulsion; rocket launcher
British and NZ informal a severe reprimand (esp in the phrase get a rocket)

verb -ets, -eting or -eted

(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

Word Origin for rocket

C17: from Old French roquette, from Italian rochetto a little distaff, from rocca distaff, of Germanic origin




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 for rocket

C16: from French roquette, from Italian rochetta, from Latin ērūca a caterpillar, hairy plant
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rocketed in Science



A vehicle or device propelled by one or more rocket engines, especially such a vehicle designed to travel through space.
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