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rocket

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[ rok-it ]
/ ˈrɒk ɪt /
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noun

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.

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Nearby words

rocker, rocker arm, rocker cam, rocker panel, rockery, rocket, rocket airplane, rocket bomb, rocket engine, rocket gun, rocket launcher

Origin of rocket

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1605–15; < Italian rocchetta, diminutive of rocca distaff (with reference to its shape) < Gothic *rukka
Related formsrock·et·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rocketed (1 of 2)

rocket

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/ (ˈrɒkɪt) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for rocketed (2 of 2)

rocket

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/ (ˈrɒkɪt) /

noun

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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Science definitions for rocketed

rocket

[ rŏkĭt ]

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