rock
Pronunciation
  • (Australia) [ɹʷɔk]
  • (RP) IPA: /ɹɒk/
  • (America) enPR: rŏk, IPA: /ɹɑk/
Noun

rock

  1. A formation of minerals, specifically:
    1. (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.
    2. A mass of stone projecting out of the ground or water.
      The ship crashed on the rocks.
    3. (UK) A boulder or large stone; or (US, Canada) a smaller stone; a pebble.
      Some fool has thrown a rock through my window.
    4. (geology) Any natural material with a distinctive composition of minerals.
    5. (slang) A precious stone or gem, especially a diamond.
      Look at the size of that rock on her finger!
  2. 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.
  3. (figuratively) Something that is strong, stable, and dependable; a person who provides security or support to another.
    • 1611, King James Bible, Matthew 16:18,
      And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
    • 1991, Robert Harling and Andrew Bergman, Soapdish, Paramount Pictures,
      Celeste Talbert: She is my rock, my right hand.
  4. A lump or cube of ice.
    I'll have a whisky on the rocks, please.
  5. (British, 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!
  6. (US, slang) A crystallized lump of crack cocaine.
  7. (US, slang) An unintelligent person, especially one who repeats mistakes.
  8. (South Africa, slang, derogatory) An Afrikaner.
  9. (US poker slang) An extremely conservative player who is willing to play only the very strongest hands.
  10. Any of several fish:
    1. The striped bass.
    2. The huss or rock salmon.
      We ordered rock and chips to take away.
  11. (US, basketball, slang) A basketball.
    Yo homie, pass the rock!
  12. (rock paper scissors) A closed hand (a handshape resembling a rock), that beats scissors and loses to paper. It beats lizard and loses to Spock in rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.
  13. (informal, cricket) A cricket ball, especially a new one that has not been softened by use
  14. (CB radio slang) A crystal used to control the radio frequency.
    • 1980, Joseph J. Carr, The Complete Handbook of Radio Receivers (page 199)
      It was easily possible to double the cost of a CB rig just by adding all of the "rocks" necessary to do the job.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Fels, Fels in der Brandung
  • Russian: опо́ра
Translations
  • German: Gestein
  • Russian: поро́да
Translations
  • French: caillou, diam (diamond)
  • German: Klunker
  • Portuguese: pedra
  • Russian: (драгоце́нный) ка́мень
  • Spanish: piedra preciosa, piedra
Translations
  • Portuguese: cubo de gelo, cubo
  • Russian: (on the rocks) со льдом
Translations Translations
  • Russian: крэк
  • Spanish: piedra
Translations
  • Russian: тупи́ца
Translations
  • Russian: африка́ндер
Verb

rock (rocks, present participle rocking; past and past participle rocked)

  1. (transitive and intransitive) To move gently back and forth.
    Rock the baby to sleep.
    The empty swing rocked back and forth in the wind.
  2. (transitive) To cause to shake or sway violently.
    • A rising earthquake rocked the ground.
    Don't rock the boat.
  3. (intransitive) To sway or tilt violently back and forth.
    The boat rocked at anchor.
  4. (transitive and 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.
  5. (transitive) 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.
  6. (intransitive) To do well or to be operating at high efficiency.
  7. (slang, transitive, euphemistic) to make love to or have sex with.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Noun

rock (plural rocks)

  1. An act of rocking; a rocking motion; a sway.
Translations Noun

rock (uncountable)

  1. A style of music characterized by basic drum-beat, generally 4/4 riffs, based on (usually electric) guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals.
Synonyms
  • (style of music)
Translations Verb

rock (rocks, present participle rocking; past and past participle rocked)

  1. (intransitive) To play, perform, or enjoy rock music, especially with a lot of skill or energy.
    Let’s rock!
  2. (intransitive, slang) To be very favourable or skilful; excel; be fantastic.
    Chocolate rocks.
    My holidays in Ibiza rocked! I can't wait to go back.
  3. (transitive) to thrill or excite, especially with rock music
    Let's rock this joint!
  4. (transitive) to do something with excitement yet skillfully
    I need to rock a piss.
  5. (transitive) To wear (a piece of clothing, outfit etc.) successfully or with style; to carry off (a particular look, style).
    • 2011, Tim Jonze, The Guardian, 29 Apr 2011:
      Take today, where she's rocking that well-known fashion combo – a Tory Burch outfit offset with a whacking great bruise attained by smacking her head on a plane's overhead lockers.
Synonyms
  • (be very favourable or skilful) rule
Antonyms
  • (be very favourable or skilful) stink, suck (the latter may be perceived as vulgar)
Related terms Translations
  • German: rocken
  • Italian: suonare il rock
  • Spanish: rockear, roquear
Translations Translations
  • German: aufmischen (originally means “beat up”)
Noun

rock

  1. (countable) Distaff.
    • Sad Clotho held the rocke, the whiles the thread / By grisly Lachesis was spun with pain, / That cruel Atropos eftsoon undid.
  2. (uncountable) The flax or wool on a distaff.
Synonyms Noun

rock (plural rocks)

  1. Archaic form of roc#English|roc (mythical bird)

Rock
Proper noun
  1. Surname for someone living near a rock or an oak ( atter + oke ).
  2. A male given name.
  3. (preceded by "the" or "The") Nickname of Gibraltar.
  4. (Australia, preceded by "the" or "The") Nickname of Uluru.
  5. (preceded by "the" or "The") Nickname of the prison on Alcatraz Island, USA.
  6. (Canada, preceded by "the" or "The") Nickname of the island of Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.



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