Rock meaning

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(slang) To be excellent or outstanding. Used in exclamations of approval.
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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.

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Relatively hard, naturally formed mineral or petrified matter; stone.
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(slang) A large gem, especially a diamond.
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(music) A form of popular music characterized by electronically amplified instrumentation, a heavily accented beat, and relatively simple phrase structure. Originating in the United States in the 1950s, rock incorporates a variety of musical styles, especially rhythm and blues, country music, and gospel.
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To move or sway strongly; shake; vibrate.
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Rock is defined as something related to rock and roll music.

An example of rock is music produced by The Beatles.

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To sway violently, as from a blow or shock.
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To be rocked, as ore.
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The act of rocking.
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A rocking motion.
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A naturally formed aggregate of mineral matter constituting a significant part of the earth's crust.
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(slang) Money.
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(music) To play or dance to rock music.
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(slang) A diamond or other gem.
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(slang) Crack cocaine or a single piece of it.
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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.
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To bring into a specified condition by moving or swaying in this way.

To rock a baby to sleep.

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A large hill or island having no vegetation.

Pearl Rock near Cape Cod is so named because the morning sun makes it gleam like a pearl.

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(figuratively) Something that is strong, stable, and dependable; a person who provides security or support to another.
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Rock is defined as moving or swaying from side to side.

An example of rock is swaying back and forth while holding a baby.

An example of rock is an earthquake shaking a house.

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To move back and forth or from side to side, especially gently or rhythmically.
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To be washed and panned in a cradle or in a rocker. Used of ores.
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To move (a child, for example) back and forth or from side to side, especially in order to soothe or lull to sleep.
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To cause to shake or sway violently.
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To wash or pan (ore) in a cradle or rocker.
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In mezzotint engraving, to roughen (a metal plate) with a rocker or roulette.
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A large mass of stone forming a peak or cliff.
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Anything or anyone like or suggesting a rock, as in strength, stability, dependability, etc.
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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.

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.

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To prepare the surface of (a plate) for a mezzotint by roughening with a rocker.
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To wash (sand or gravel) in a rocker.
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To move or sway back and forth or from side to side, as a cradle.
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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.
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A piece of such material; a stone.
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(uncountable) The naturally occurring aggregate of solid mineral matter that constitutes a significant part of the earth's crust.

The face of the cliff is solid rock.

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A mass of stone projecting out of the ground or water.

The ship crashed on the rocks.

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(UK) A boulder or large stone; or (US, Canada) a smaller stone; a pebble.

Some fool has thrown a rock through my window.

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(geology) Any natural material with a distinctive composition of minerals.
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(slang) A precious stone or gem, especially a diamond.

Look at the size of that rock on her finger!

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A lump or cube of ice.

I'll have a whisky on the rocks, please.

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(UK, uncountable) A type of confectionery made from sugar in the shape of a stick, traditionally having some text running through its length.

While we're in Brighton, let's get a stick of rock!

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(US, slang) A crystallized lump of crack cocaine.
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(US, slang) An unintelligent person, especially one who repeats mistakes.
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(South Africa, slang, derogatory) An Afrikaner.
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(US poker slang) An extremely conservative player who is willing to play only the very strongest hands.
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(basketball, informal) A basketball (ball).
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A fish, the striped bass.
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A fish, the huss or rock salmon.

We ordered rock and chips to take away.

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(intransitive) To move gently back and forth.

Rock the baby to sleep.

The empty swing rocked back and forth in the wind.

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To cause to shake or sway violently.

Don't rock the boat.

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(intransitive) To sway or tilt violently back and forth.

The boat rocked at anchor.

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(intransitive, of ore etc.) To be washed and panned in a cradle or in a rocker.

The ores had been rocked and laid out for inspection.

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To disturb the emotional equilibrium of; to distress; to greatly impact (most often positively).

Downing Street has been rocked by yet another sex scandal.

She rocked my world.'

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(intransitive)
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An act of rocking.
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A style of music characterized by basic drum-beat, generally 4/4 riffs, based on (usually electric) guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals.
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(intransitive) To play, perform, or enjoy rock music, especially with a lot of skill or energy.

Let's rock!

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(intransitive, slang) To be very favourable or skilful; to excel.

Chocolate rocks.

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To thrill or excite, especially with rock music.

Let's rock this joint!

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To do something with excitement yet skillfully.

I need to rock a piss.

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To wear (a piece of clothing, outfit etc.) successfully or with style; to carry off (a particular look, style).
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(countable) Distaff.

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(uncountable) The flax or wool on a distaff.
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Archaic form of roc (mythical bird)
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A topographic surname for someone living near a rock or an oak (atter + oke).
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A male given name transferred from the surname.
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(preceded by "the" or "The") Nickname of Gibraltar.
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(preceded by "the" or "The") Nickname of the prison on Alcatraz Island, USA.
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(Canada, preceded by "the" or "The") Nickname of the island of Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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(slang) Crack cocaine.
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between a rock and a hard place
  • Confronted with equally unpleasant alternatives and few or no opportunities to evade or circumvent them.
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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.
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rock the boat
  • To disturb the balance or routine of a situation:
    He has an easygoing managerial style and won't rock the boat unless absolutely necessary.
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between a rock and a hard place
  • in a predicament; specif., faced with equally unpleasant alternatives
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(slang) get one's rocks off
  • to experience orgasm; ejaculate
  • to feel any great or satisfying pleasure or excitement
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(informal) on the rocks
  • without money; bankrupt
  • served over ice cubes
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Origin of rock

  • Middle English from Old North French roque from Vulgar Latin rocca

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English rokken from Old English roccian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English rocke, rokke (“rock formation"), from Old English *rocc (“rock"), as in Old English stānrocc (“high stone rock, peak, obelisk"), and also later from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French roc, roce, roque (compare Modern French roche, from Old French), from Medieval Latin rocca (attested 767), from Vulgar Latin *rocca, of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be of Celtic (Gaulish) origin (compare Breton roch).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English rokken, from Old English roccian, from Proto-Germanic *rukkōnÄ… (compare obsolete Dutch (Holland) rokken, Middle High German rocken "˜to drag, jerk', Icelandic rukka "˜to yank'), from *rugnōnÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ruk-néhâ‚‚-, from *h₃runk- (compare Latin runcāre (“to weed"), Latvian rÅ©Ä·Ä“t (“to toss, dig")).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English rok, rocke , rokke, perhaps from Middle Dutch rocke (whence Dutch rok), Middle Low German rocken, or Old Norse rokkr (whence Icelandic / Faroese rokkur, Danish rok, Swedish spinnrock (“spinning wheel")). Cognate with Old High German rocko (“distaff").

    From Wiktionary

  • Shortened from rock and roll. Since the meaning of rock has adapted to mean a simpler, more modern, metal-like genre, rock and roll has generally been left referring to earlier forms such as that of the 1950s, notably more swing-oriented style.

    From Wiktionary