Meaning of ROCK in English


rock 1

— rockless , adj. — rocklike , adj.

/rok/ , n.

1. a large mass of stone forming a hill, cliff, promontory, or the like.

2. Geol.

a. mineral matter of variable composition, consolidated or unconsolidated, assembled in masses or considerable quantities in nature, as by the action of heat or water.

b. a particular kind of such matter: igneous rock.

3. stone in the mass: buildings that stand upon rock.

4. a stone of any size.

5. something resembling or suggesting a rock.

6. a firm foundation or support: The Lord is my rock.

7. Chiefly Brit. a kind of hard candy, variously flavored.

8. See rock candy .

9. Often, rocks . Slang.

a. a piece of money.

b. a dollar bill.

10. Slang.

a. a diamond.

b. any gem.

11. Slang.

a. crack (def. 41).

b. a pellet or lump of crack.

12. between a rock and a hard place , between undesirable alternatives.

13. on the rocks ,

a. Informal. in or into a state of disaster or ruin: Their marriage is on the rocks.

b. Informal. without funds; destitute; bankrupt.

c. (of a beverage, esp. liquor or a cocktail) with, or containing, ice cubes: Scotch on the rocks; a vodka martini on the rocks.

14. get one's rocks off , Slang ( vulgar ). to have an orgasm.

[ 1300-50; 1905-10 for def. 10; ME rokk ( e ) ro ( c ) que, roche (cf. ROCHE ALUM); cf. Sp, Pr roca, It rocca, ML rocha, rocca ( > late OE -rocc in stanrocc "stone-rock") ]

rock 2

— rockable , adj. — rockingly , adv.

/rok/ , v.i.

1. to move or sway to and fro or from side to side.

2. to be moved or swayed powerfully with excitement, emotion, etc.

3. Mining. (of sand or gravel) to be washed in a cradle.

4. to dance to or play rock music.

5. (of popular music) to have the driving beat characteristic of rock.


6. to move or sway to and fro or from side to side, esp. gently and soothingly.

7. to lull in security, hope, etc.

8. to affect deeply; stun; move or sway powerfully, as with emotion: Everyone in the courtroom was rocked by the verdict.

9. to shake or disturb violently: A thunderous explosion rocked the waterfront.

10. Graphic Arts. to roughen the surface of (a copperplate) with a rocker preparatory to scraping a mezzotint.

11. Mining. cradle (def. 23).

12. rock the boat , Informal. to disrupt the smooth functioning or routine of something: Don't rock the boat by demanding special treatment from management.


13. a rocking movement: the gentle rock of the boat.

14. rock-'n'-roll (def. 1).


15. rock-'n'-roll (def. 3).

[ bef. 1100; ME rocken, OE roccian; c. MD rocken; akin to G rücken; ON rykkja to jerk ]

Syn. 1. roll, shake. See swing 1 .

rock 3

/rok/ , n.

See striped bass .

[ 1690-1700; short for ROCKFISH ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .