rock

1
[ rok ]
/ rɒk /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. rochelle salt,
  2. rochelle, la,
  3. rochester,
  4. rochet,
  5. rocinante,
  6. rock 'n' roll,
  7. rock and roll,
  8. rock and rye,
  9. rock barnacle,
  10. rock bass

Idioms

Origin of rock

1
1300–50; 1905–10 for def 10; Middle English rokk(e) < Old French ro(c)que, roche (cf. roche alum); compare Spanish, Provençal roca, Italian rocca, Medieval Latin rocha, rocca (> late Old English -rocc in stānrocc “stone-rock”)

Related formsrock·less, adjectiverock·like, adjective

Can be confusedboulder cobblestone granule pebble rock stone

Origin of rock

2
before 1100; Middle English rocken, Old English roccian; cognate with Middle Dutch rocken; akin to German rücken; Old Norse rykkja to jerk

Related formsrock·a·ble, adjectiverock·ing·ly, adverbun·rocked, adjective

Synonym study

1. See swing1.

rock

3
[ rok ]
/ rɒk /

noun

Origin of rock

3
First recorded in 1690–1700; short for rockfish

Rock

or Rock·y

[ rok or rok-ee ]
/ rɒk or ˈrɒk i /

noun

a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for rocks

rock

1
/ (rɒk) /

noun

Word Origin for rock

C14: from Old French roche, of unknown origin

rock

2
/ (rɒk) /

verb

noun

See also rock up

Word Origin for rock

Old English roccian; related to Middle Dutch, Old High German rocken, German rücken

Rock

/ (rɒk) /

noun the Rock

an informal name for Gibraltar
a Canadian informal name for Newfoundland
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Word Origin and History for rocks
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Medicine definitions for rocks

Rock

[ rŏk ]
John 1890-1984

American gynecologist and obstetrician who helped develop the first effective oral contraceptive in 1954.

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Science definitions for rocks

rock

[ rŏk ]

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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Idioms and Phrases with rocks

rock

In addition to the idioms beginning with rock

  • rock bottom
  • rocks in one's head, have
  • rock the boat

also see:

  • between a rock and a hard place
  • on the rocks
  • steady as a rock
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