Rock-roll Definition

noun

(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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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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verb

(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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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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