Rock-roll Definition


(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.

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

The ship crashed on the rocks.

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

Some fool has thrown a rock through my window.
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.
(figuratively) Something that is strong, stable, and dependable; a person who provides security or support to another.

(intransitive) To move gently back and forth.

Rock the baby to sleep.
The empty swing rocked back and forth in the wind.

To cause to shake or sway violently.

Don't rock the boat.

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

The boat rocked at anchor.

(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.

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.'

Origin of Rock-roll

  • 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).

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  • From Middle English rokken, from Old English roccian, from Proto-Germanic *rukkōną (compare obsolete Dutch (Holland) rokken, Middle High German rocken ‘to drag, jerk’, Icelandic rukka ‘to yank’), from *rugnōną, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ruk-néh₂-, from *h₃runk- (compare Latin runcāre (“to weed”), Latvian rũķēt (“to toss, dig”)).

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  • 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”).

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  • 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.

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