Meaning of ROCK in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ rɒk ]

( rocks, rocking, rocked)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Rock is the hard substance which the Earth is made of.

The hills above the valley are bare rock...



A rock is a large piece of rock that sticks up out of the ground or the sea, or that has broken away from a mountain or a cliff.

She sat cross-legged on the rock.



A rock is a piece of rock that is small enough for you to pick up.

She bent down, picked up a rock and threw it into the trees.



When something rocks or when you rock it, it moves slowly and regularly backwards and forwards or from side to side.

His body rocked from side to side with the train...

She sat on the porch and rocked the baby.

VERB : V prep / adv , V n , also V


If an explosion or an earthquake rocks a building or an area, it causes the building or area to shake. You can also say that the building or area rocks . ( JOURNALISM )

Three people were injured yesterday when an explosion rocked one of Britain’s best known film studios...

As the buildings rocked under heavy shell-fire, he took refuge in the cellars.

VERB : V n , V


If an event or a piece of news rocks a group or society, it shocks them or makes them feel less secure. ( JOURNALISM )

His death rocked the fashion business.

VERB : V n


Rock is loud music with a strong beat that is usually played and sung by a small group of people using instruments such as electric guitars and drums.

...a rock concert.

...famous rock stars.

N-UNCOUNT : oft N n


Rock is a sweet that is made in long, hard sticks and is often sold in towns by the sea in Britain.

...a stick of rock.



If you have an alcoholic drink such as whisky on the rocks , you have it with ice cubes in it.

...a Scotch on the rocks.

= with ice

PHRASE : usu n PHR


If something such as a marriage or a business is on the rocks , it is experiencing very severe difficulties and looks likely to end very soon.

She confided to her mother six months ago that her marriage was on the rocks...

PHRASE : v-link PHR


to rock the boat: see boat

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