verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of rocket1
Related Words for rocketedsail, escalate, rise, ascend, zoom, lift, skyrocket, climb, grow, soar, tower
Examples from the Web for rocketed
Contemporary Examples of 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
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
- 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.