- 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.
- Informal. in or into a state of disaster or ruin: Their marriage is on the rocks.
- Informal. 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 rock1
Related formsrock·less, adjectiverock·like, adjective
Definition for rocks (2 of 4)
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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.
Origin of rock2
Related formsrock·a·ble, adjectiverock·ing·ly, adverbun·rocked, adjective
Definition for rocks (3 of 4)
Origin of rock3
Definition for rocks (4 of 4)
Examples from the Web for rocks
Thirty-two people died when he ran his ship onto the rocks off Tuscany in 2012.
“Otherwise, we go on the rocks,” he can be heard saying in English.
When the ship hit the rocks, the sound of bells ringing and alarms sounding echoed in the theater.
The mirror made the rocks and vehicles seem to hang in the air.
As long as one or two rocks were left on the screen, the little saucer would continue to appear.
Rocks, huge and picturesque, jut out into the stream, affording beautiful views of the river and the distant city.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)|John Greenleaf Whittier
We simply tumbled down the mountain, like two rocks detached from its peak.The Heart of the White Mountains, Their Legend and Scenery|Samuel Adams Drake
And if you look into these pools from above, you may often see it clinging to the rocks round the margin.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
But not upon the path, nor upon the solid surface of these Bermuda rocks!The White Invaders|Raymond King Cummings
Jest then I heard that sound ag'in, an' I made out it come from the point of rocks that makes off inter ther harber.Frank Merriwell's Cruise|Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for rocks (1 of 3)
Word Origin for rock
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Idioms and Phrases with rocks
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