rock 1 [ rok ] SHOW IPA / rɒk / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun a large mass of stone forming a hill, cliff, promontory, or the like. Geology. mineral matter of variable composition, consolidated or unconsolidated, assembled in masses or considerable quantities in nature, as by the action of heat or water. a particular kind of such matter: igneous rock. stone in the mass: buildings that stand upon rock. a stone of any size. something resembling or suggesting a rock. curling stone: Regulation weight is verified for each rock before the curling match can begin. a firm foundation or support: The Lord is my rock. Chiefly British. a kind of hard candy, variously flavored. rocks . Informal. ice cubes for use in a beverage: He usually orders a whiskey without rocks. Often rocks . Slang. a piece of money. a dollar bill. Slang. a diamond. any gem. Slang. crack (def. 33). a pellet or lump of crack. SEE MORE SEE LESS QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
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Idioms for rock between a rock and a hard place, between undesirable alternatives. get one's rocks off, Slang: Vulgar. to have an orgasm. on the rocks, Informal. in or into a state of disaster or ruin: Their marriage is on the rocks. without funds; destitute; bankrupt. (of a beverage, especially liquor or a cocktail) with, or containing, ice cubes: Scotch on the rocks; a vodka martini on the rocks. Origin of rock 1
First recorded in 1300–50; 1905–10
for def. 12
; Middle English
from Old French
compare Spanish, Provençal
(becoming late Old English
“stone-rock, obelisk”); cf.
roche alum OTHER WORDS FROM rock rock·less, adjective rock·like, adjective WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rock boulder, cobblestone, granule, pebble, rock , stone rock 2 [ rok ] SHOW IPA / rɒk / PHONETIC RESPELLING verb (used without object) to move or sway to and fro or from side to side. to be moved or swayed powerfully with excitement, emotion, etc. Mining. (of sand or gravel) to be washed in a cradle. to dance to or play rock music. (of popular music) to have the driving beat characteristic of rock. Slang. to be very good, impressive, exciting, or effective: This show really rocks. SEE MORE SEE LESS verb (used with object) to move or sway to and fro or from side to side, especially gently and soothingly: Oh, look! Her big brother is rocking the baby to sleep. to lull in security, hope, etc. to affect deeply; move or sway powerfully, as with emotion; stun: Everyone in the courtroom was rocked by the verdict. to shake or disturb violently: A thunderous explosion rocked the waterfront. Slang. to stir up; animate: We're gonna rock this joint tonight! to use, wear, or display in a showy, self-confident manner or to great effect: Only you could rock that hat! The game rocks some amazing new features. Graphic Arts. to roughen the surface of (a copperplate) with a rocker preparatory to scraping a mezzotint. SEE MORE SEE LESS noun a rocking movement: the gentle rock of the boat. Origin of rock 2
First recorded in 1100–50; Middle English
rokken, rocken, rocke(n) “to rock (a cradle),”Old English roccian; cognate with Middle Dutch rocken “to stir, make move,” German rücken “to move, shift,” Old Norse rykkja “to jerk, pull” OTHER WORDS FROM rock rock·a·ble, adjective rock·ing·ly, adverb un·rocked, adjective rock 3 [ rok ] SHOW IPA / rɒk / PHONETIC RESPELLING Origin of rock 3
First recorded in 1690–1700; short for
rockfish Rock or Rock·y [ rok or rok-ee ] SHOW IPA / rɒk or ˈrɒk i / PHONETIC RESPELLING
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Example sentences from the Web for rock
The fossil was pulled from roughly 110 million-year-old
rocks in Alberta, Canada.
And think of world-
rocking changes in gender roles and expectations.
For other worlds, we usually have to rely on other data: fluctuations in gravity, or the gentle
rocking motion known as libration.
The involvement of Huda-Par and the Grey Wolves in the violence
rocking the southeast augurs badly.
The horseman, aka Abraham, is actually passably cute, with a
rocking bod and apparently steady source of income.
The mattress causes the boat to tip forward, and in the ensuing
rocking the boat begins to take on water.
Mr. Crow was
rocking back and forth on his perch, for a joke—on anybody except himself—always delighted him.
There was a very audible titter in the corner where three thoughtless young girls had squeezed themselves into one
By this time the bent figure sitting in the
rocking-chair, near the coffin began to show signs of life and whimper a little.
"It's curious how attached one gets to a dog," said Perry sagely, resuming his
rocking from heel to toe and toe to heel.
There was a lump in Perry's throat at that moment, and he stopped his
rocking and turned to the fire, so his back was toward me. noun geology any aggregate of minerals that makes up part of the earth's crust. It may be unconsolidated, such as a sand, clay, or mud, or consolidated, such as granite, limestone, or coal See also igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic any hard mass of consolidated mineral matter, such as a boulder mainly US, Canadian and Australian a stone a person or thing suggesting a rock, esp in being dependable, unchanging, or providing firm foundation British a hard sweet, typically a long brightly-coloured peppermint-flavoured stick, sold esp in holiday resorts slang a jewel, esp a diamond (plural) slang the testicles slang another name for crack (def. 29) between a rock and a hard place having to choose between two equally unpleasant alternatives on the rocks in a state of ruin or destitution (of drinks, esp whisky) served with ice SEE MORE SEE LESS Word Origin for rock
C14: from Old French
roche, of unknown origin verb to move or cause to move from side to side or backwards and forwards to reel or sway or cause (someone) to reel or sway, as with a violent shock or emotion (tr) to shake or move (something) violently (intr) to dance in the rock-and-roll style mining to wash (ore) or (of ore) to be washed in a cradle (tr) to roughen (a copper plate) with a rocker before engraving a mezzotint (tr) slang, mainly US to impress by wearing (an item of clothing) or playing (a musical instrument) She can still rock a miniskirt; He rocks a guitar like nobody’s business rock the boat informal to create a disturbance in the existing situation SEE MORE SEE LESS noun Also called: rock music any of various styles of pop music having a heavy beat, derived from rock and roll SEE MORE SEE LESS Word Origin for rock
roccian; related to Middle Dutch, Old High German rocken, German rücken
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American gynecologist and obstetrician who helped develop the first effective oral contraceptive in 1954.
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A relatively hard, naturally occurring mineral material. Rock can consist of a single mineral or of several minerals that are either tightly compacted or held together by a cementlike mineral matrix. The three main types of rock are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. A piece of such material; a stone.
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In addition to the idioms beginning with
rock rock bottom rocks in one's head, have rock the boat
between a rock and a hard place on the rocks steady as a rock
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