Meaning of ROCKET in English


[] n [MF roquette, fr. OIt rochetta, dim. of ruca arugula, fr. L eruca] (1530): any of several plants of the mustard family: as a: arugula b: dame's rocket

[2] n, often attrib [It rocchetta, lit., small distaff, fr. dim. of rocca distaff, of Gmc origin; akin to OHG rocko distaff] (1611) 1 a: a firework consisting of a case partly filled with a combustible composition fastened to a guiding stick and propelled through the air by the rearward discharge of the gases liberated by combustion b: a similar device used as an incendiary weapon or as a propelling unit (as for a lifesaving line)

2: a jet engine that operates on the same principle as the firework rocket, consists essentially of a combustion chamber and an exhaust nozzle, carries either liquid or solid propellants which provide the fuel and oxygen needed for combustion and thus make the engine independent of the oxygen of the air, and is used esp. for the propulsion of a missile (as a bomb or shell) or a vehicle (as an airplane)

3: a rocket-propelled bomb, missile, or projectile [3] vt (1837): to convey or propel by means of or as if by a rocket ~ vi 1: to rise up swiftly, spectacularly, and with force

2: to travel rapidly in or as if in a rocket

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