Meaning of ROCKET in English


rocket 1

— rocketlike , adj.

/rok"it/ , n.

1. any of various simple or complex tubelike devices containing combustibles that on being ignited liberate gases whose action propels the tube through the air: used for pyrotechnic effect, signaling, carrying a lifeline, hurling explosives at an enemy, putting a space vehicle into orbit, etc.

2. a space capsule or vehicle put into orbit by such devices.

3. See rocket engine .


4. to move or transport by means of a rocket.

5. to attack with rockets.


6. to move like a rocket.

7. (of game birds) to fly straight up rapidly when flushed.

[ 1605-15; rocchetta, dim. of rocca distaff (with reference to its shape) rukka ]

rocket 2

/rok"it/ , n.

1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Hesperis, of the mustard family, and related genera. Cf. dame's rocket .

2. Also called rocket salad, roquette . arugula.

3. a noxious weed, Barbarea vulgaris, of the U.S., having lobed leaves and clusters of small, yellow flowers.

[ 1520-30; roquette ruchetta eruca kind of herb ]

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