The definition of a rock is a hard mass of stone, or a broken off piece of a boulder, or is slang for a piece of crack cocaine.noun
- An example of a rock is a piece of stone found at the bottom of a cliff.
- An example of a rock is a piece of cocaine found during a drug raid.
Rock is defined as moving or swaying from side to side.verb
- An example of rock is swaying back and forth while holding a baby.
- An example of rock is an earthquake shaking a house.
Rock is defined as something related to rock and roll music.adjective
An example of rock is music produced by The Beatles.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a large mass of stone forming a peak or cliff
- a large stone detached from the mass; boulder
- broken pieces of any size of such stone
- any stone, large or small
- mineral matter variously composed, formed in masses or large quantities in the earth's crust by the action of heat, water, etc.
- a particular kind or mass of this
- anything like or suggesting a rock, as in strength or stability; esp., a firm support, basis, refuge, etc.
- ☆ rockfish
- Chiefly Brit. a hard candy made in sticks
- rock candy
- Slang a diamond or other gem
- ☆ Slang crack cocaine or a single piece of it
Origin: ME rokke < OFr roche < ML rocca
- to move or sway back and forth or from side to side (a cradle, a child in the arms, etc.), esp. in a gentle, quieting manner
- to bring into a specified condition by moving or swaying in this way: to rock a baby to sleep
- to move or sway strongly; shake; cause to tremble or vibrate: the explosion rocked the house
- to upset emotionally
- Engraving to prepare the surface of (a plate) for a mezzotint by roughening with a rocker (sense )
- Mining to wash (sand or gravel) in a rocker (sense )
Origin: ME rocken < OE roccian, prob. akin to Ger rücken, to pull, push < IE *rek-, to project, totter (> ON, MDu rā, sailyard) < base *reg-, to put in order, stretch out > right
- to move or sway back and forth or from side to side, as a cradle
- to move or sway strongly; shake; vibrate
- to be rocked, as ore
- the act of rocking
- a rocking motion
- popular music evolved from rock-and-roll, variously containing elements of folk music, country music, etc. and now often emphasizing loudness, distortion, the use of electronic synthesizers, etc.
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- Relatively hard, naturally formed mineral or petrified matter; stone.
- a. A relatively small piece or fragment of such material.b. A relatively large body of such material, as a cliff or peak.
- A naturally formed aggregate of mineral matter constituting a significant part of the earth's crust.
- One that is similar to or suggestive of a mass of stone in stability, firmness, or dependability: The family has been his rock during this difficult time.
- rocks Slang Money.
- Slang A large gem, especially a diamond.
- Slang Crack cocaine.
- a. A varicolored stick candy.b. Rock candy.
Origin: Middle English, from Old North French roque, from Vulgar Latin *rocca.
verb rocked, rock·ing, rocks verb, intransitive
- To move back and forth or from side to side, especially gently or rhythmically.
- To sway violently, as from a blow or shock. See Synonyms at swing.
- To be washed and panned in a cradle or in a rocker. Used of ores.
- Music To play or dance to rock 'n' roll.
- To move back and forth or from side to side, especially in order to soothe or lull to sleep.
- To cause to shake or sway violently. See Synonyms at agitate.
- To disturb the mental or emotional equilibrium of; upset: News of the scandal rocked the town.
- To wash or pan (ore) in a cradle or rocker.
- In mezzotint engraving, to roughen (a metal plate) with a rocker or roulette.
- a. A rocking motion.b. The act of rocking.
- Music Rock 'n' roll.
Origin: Middle English rokken, from Old English roccian.
- rockˈing·ly adverb
rock - Medical Definition
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rock - Phrases/Idioms
between a rock and a hard placeâ
get one's rocks off
Etymology: < slang term rocks, testicles
- to experience orgasm; ejaculate
- to feel any great or satisfying pleasure or excitement
on the rocksInformal
- in or into a condition of ruin or catastrophe
- in trouble or approaching ruin a marriage that is on the rocks
- without money; bankrupt
- â served over ice cubes: said of liquor, wine, etc.
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between a rock and a hard place
on the rocks
- In a state of difficulty, destruction, or ruin: Their marriage is on the rocks.
- Without money; bankrupt: Our accountant says the business is on the rocks.
- Served over ice cubes: Scotch on the rocks.
rock the boat
rock - Science Definition
- 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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