Meaning of ROCKET in English


~ 1

■ noun

1》 a cylindrical projectile that can be propelled to a great height or distance by the combustion of its contents.

↘a missile or spacecraft propelled by an engine providing thrust on the same principle.

2》 Brit. informal a severe reprimand.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ing , ~ed )

1》 (of an amount, price, etc.) increase very rapidly and suddenly.

2》 move very rapidly.

3》 attack with ~-propelled missiles.


C17: from Fr. roquette , from Ital. rocchetto , dimin. of rocca 'distaff (for spinning)', with ref. to its cylindrical shape.


~ 2

■ noun Brit. an edible Mediterranean plant of the cabbage family, eaten in salads. [ Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa .]

↘used in names of other fast-growing plants of this family, e.g. sweet ~ .


C15: from Fr. roquette , from Ital. ruchetta , dimin. of ruca , from L. eruca 'downy-stemmed plant'.

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