Meaning of ROCKET in English


I. rock ‧ et 1 /ˈrɒkət, ˈrɒkɪt $ ˈrɑː-/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: Italian ; Origin: rocchetta 'small stick used in spinning thread' , from rocca 'stick used in spinning' ]

1 . [countable] a vehicle used for travelling or carrying things into space, which is shaped like a big tube ⇨ spacecraft :

The rocket was launched from a space research base.

a space rocket

2 . [countable] a weapon shaped like a big tube that is fired at things ⇨ missile :

anti-tank rockets

3 . [countable] a ↑ firework that goes high into the air before exploding into coloured lights

4 . [uncountable] British English a plant with green leaves and a strong taste, eaten raw in ↑ salad s SYN arugula American English

II. rocket 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

1 . ( also rocket up ) if a price or amount rockets, it increases quickly and suddenly:

Interest rates rocketed up.

rocket (from something) to something

Car sales rocketed from 180 to 2000 a year.

2 . [always + adverb/preposition] to move somewhere very fast SYN shoot :

The train rocketed through the tunnel.

Larsson’s shot rocketed into the back of the net.

3 . [always + adverb/preposition] to achieve a successful position very quickly SYN shoot

rocket to

Their new album rocketed to number one in the charts.

Beatty rocketed to stardom after his first film.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.