What does rock mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rock, stone(noun)

    a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter

    "he threw a rock at me"

  2. rock, stone(noun)

    material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust

    "that mountain is solid rock"; "stone is abundant in New England and there are many quarries"

  3. Rock, John Rock(noun)

    United States gynecologist and devout Catholic who conducted the first clinical trials of the oral contraceptive pill (1890-1984)

  4. rock(noun)

    (figurative) someone who is strong and stable and dependable

    "he was her rock during the crisis"; "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church"--Gospel According to Matthew

  5. rock candy, rock(noun)

    hard bright-colored stick candy (typically flavored with peppermint)

  6. rock 'n' roll, rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll, rock and roll, rock, rock music(noun)

    a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western

    "rock is a generic term for the range of styles that evolved out of rock'n'roll."

  7. rock, careen, sway, tilt(verb)

    pitching dangerously to one side

  8. rock, sway, shake(verb)

    move back and forth or sideways

    "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet"

  9. rock, sway(verb)

    cause to move back and forth

    "rock the cradle"; "rock the baby"; "the wind swayed the trees gently"


  1. Rock(ProperNoun)

    for someone living near a rock or an oak ( atter + oke ).

  2. Rock(ProperNoun)

    transferred from the surname.

  3. Rock(ProperNoun)

    Nickname of Gibraltar.

  4. Rock(ProperNoun)

    Nickname of the prison on Alcatraz Island, USA.

  5. Rock(ProperNoun)

    Nickname of the island of Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  6. Origin: Shortened from rock and roll. Since the meaning of has adapted to mean a simpler, more modern, metal-like genre, has generally been left referring to earlier forms such as that of the 1950s, notably more swing-oriented style.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rock(noun)

    see Roc

  2. Rock(noun)

    a distaff used in spinning; the staff or frame about which flax is arranged, and from which the thread is drawn in spinning

  3. Rock(noun)

    a large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See Stone

  4. Rock(noun)

    any natural deposit forming a part of the earth's crust, whether consolidated or not, including sand, earth, clay, etc., when in natural beds

  5. Rock(noun)

    that which resembles a rock in firmness; a defense; a support; a refuge

  6. Rock(noun)

    fig.: Anything which causes a disaster or wreck resembling the wreck of a vessel upon a rock

  7. Rock(noun)

    the striped bass. See under Bass

  8. Rock(verb)

    to cause to sway backward and forward, as a body resting on a support beneath; as, to rock a cradle or chair; to cause to vibrate; to cause to reel or totter

  9. Rock(verb)

    to move as in a cradle; hence, to put to sleep by rocking; to still; to quiet

  10. Rock(verb)

    to move or be moved backward and forward; to be violently agitated; to reel; to totter

  11. Rock(verb)

    to roll or saway backward and forward upon a support; as, to rock in a rocking-chair

  12. Origin: [OF. roke, F. roche; cf. Armor. roc'h, and AS. rocc.]


  1. Rock

    Jamal Bush, better known by his stage name Big Rock, or alternatively The Rockness Monstah, is an American rapper, famous as a member of hip hop collective Boot Camp Clik and the duo Heltah Skeltah along with Ruck. He is known for his deep, grimy voice and having a sophisticated and rugged flow. After releasing two albums with Heltah Skeltah, Nocturnal and Magnum Force, Rock left Duck Down Records and pursued a solo career. He signed to DJ Lethal's Lethal Records and recorded a solo album titled Planet Rock, which was never released after the label folded. He didn't make an appearance on the Clik's 2002 group album The Chosen Few, being the only member of the "Great 8" not to appear. He made his official return to Duck Down in 2005, making appearances on Sean Price's Monkey Barz album and Smif-N-Wessun's Smif 'N' Wessun: Reloaded album. He's performed songs for a variety of video games including "I Am Rock" for Need for Speed: Most Wanted, "This Is Me" for Blitz The League II and "I Am Rock" for NFL Street 2. He and the Boot Camp released their third group album, The Last Stand, on July 18, 2006. On January 15, 2008, Rock was arrested for an assault and attempted murder charge after he allegedly gunned down a rival while working as a pimp. He was released on a $125,000 bail about a week later on January 24, 2008. Court reports show Rock's manager Ben Aubin of BAM posted bond for the rapper's release. Mr. Aubin has categorically denied any confirmation of his client moonlighting as a pimp.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rock

    rok, n. a large mass of stone: (geol.) a natural deposit of sand, earth, or clay: that which has the firmness of a rock, foundation, support, defence: (Scot.) a distaff: a hard sweetmeat.—v.t. to throw stones at.—ns. Rock′-al′um, alum stone; Rock′-away, a four-wheeled North American pleasure-carriage; Rock′-bad′ger, a ground-squirrel of North America; Rock′-bās′in, a lacustrine hollow in a rock, excavated by glacier-ice; Rock′-bass, a centrarchoid fish, the goggle-eye; Rock′-bird, a cock of the rock.—adj. Rock′-bound, hemmed in by rocks.—ns. Rock′-break′er, a machine for breaking stones for road-metal; Rock′-butt′er, an impure alum efflorescence of a butter-like consistency found oozing from some alum slates; Rock′-can′dy, pure sugar in large crystals: candy-sugar; Rock′-cist, a plant of the genus Helianthemum; Rock′-cook, the small-mouthed wrasse; Rock′-cork, mountain cork, a variety of asbestos; Rock′-crab, a crab found at rocky sea-bottoms.—adj. Rock′-crowned, surmounted with rocks.—ns. Rock′-crys′tal, the finest and purest quartz, the name being generally applied, however, only to crystals in which the six-sided prism is well developed; Rock′-dol′phin, the sea-scorpion; Rock′-dove, the rock-pigeon or blue-rock; Rock′-drill, a machine-drill worked by steam, &c.; Rock′-eel, a fish of the family Xiphidiontidæ; Rock′-elm, an American elm; Rock′er, the rock-dove; Rock′ery, Rock′work, a mound made with pieces of rock, earth, &c. for the cultivation of ferns, &c.; Rock′-fē′ver, intermittent fever; Rock′-fire, in pyrotechny, a composition of resin, sulphur, nitre, regulus of antimony, and turpentine, burning slowly; Rock′-fish, a name applied to various different varieties of wrasse, the striped bass, black goby, &c.; Rock′-goat, an ibex; Rock′-hawk, the merlin; Rock′-head, bed-rock; Rock′-hop′per, a curl-crested penguin; Rock′ie (Scot.), the rock-lintie or twite; Rock′iness; Rock′-leath′er, rock-cork; Rock′-lil′y, a tropical American cryptogamous plant: a white-flowered Australian orchid; Rock′-lim′pet, a limpet which adheres to rocks; Rock′ling, a genus of fishes of the cod family Gadidæ, of which several species frequent the British seas; Rock′-lin′tie (Scot.), the twite: the Rock′-lark; Rock′-man′ikin, a rock-bird;

  2. Rock

    rok, n. a distaff.—n. Rock′ing, an evening party in the country. [Ice. rokkr; Ger. rocken.]

  3. Rock

    rok, v.t. to move backward and forward: to lull or quiet.—v.i. to be moved backward and forward, to reel.—ns. Rock′er, the curved support on which a cradle or rocking-chair rocks: a rocking-horse or chair: a mining cradle; Rock′-cam, a cam keyed to a rock-shaft; Rock′ing, a swaying backward and forward: the abrading of a copper plate with a rocker, preparatory to mezzo-tinting: the motion by which the design on a steel mill is transferred to a copper cylinder; Rock′ing-beam, an oscillating beam in an automatic transmitter; Rock′ing-chair, a chair mounted on rockers; Rock′ing-horse, the figure of a horse, of wood or other material, mounted on rockers for children: a hobby-horse; Rock′ing-pier, a pier fastened by a movable joint so as to allow it to rock slightly; Rock′ing-stone, a logan, or large mass of rock so finely poised as to move backward and forward with the slightest impulse; Rock′ing-tree, in weaving, the axle from which the lay of a loom is suspended; Rock′-shaft, in steam-engines, a shaft that oscillates instead of revolving.—adj. Rock′y, disposed to rock: tipsy. [A.S. roccian; cf. Dan. rokke, to rock, Ger. rücken, to pull.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rock

    An extensive geological term, but limited in hydrographical parlance to hard and solid masses of the earth's surface; when these rise in insulated masses nearly to the surface of the sea, they render navigation especially dangerous.--Half-tide rock. A rock which appears above water at half-ebb.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rock' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1614

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rock' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2737

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rock' in Nouns Frequency: #489

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rock' in Verbs Frequency: #1083

Anagrams for rock »

  1. cork, Cork

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rock in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of rock in a Sentence

  1. Keith Rancifer:

    Little Rock's not me.

  2. Eric Deggans:

    Look around now and blerds are everywhere, intellectual, rock and roll loving, politics talking, comic book reading black nerds.

  3. Harold Bradley:

    I think we still play some of the licks that he and Scotty Moore and that group that kind of invented rock 'n' roll played.

  4. Judge Rudolph Contreras:

    The government has put me between a rock and a hard place.

  5. Paul Begala:

    On the day Mario Cuomo decided not to run for President, the sigh of relief we Clintonites let out was audible from Little Rock all the way to Albany.

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