What does rock mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rock, stonenoun

    a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter

    "he threw a rock at me"

  2. rock, stonenoun

    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 Rocknoun

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

  4. rocknoun

    (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, rocknoun

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

  6. rock 'n' roll, rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll, rock and roll, rock, rock musicnoun

    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, tiltverb

    pitching dangerously to one side

  8. rock, sway, shakeverb

    move back and forth or sideways

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

  9. rock, swayverb

    cause to move back and forth

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


  1. Rocknoun

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

  2. Rocknoun

    transferred from the surname.

  3. Rocknoun

    Nickname of Gibraltar.

  4. Rocknoun

    Nickname of the prison on Alcatraz Island, USA.

  5. Rocknoun

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

  6. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. rock

    Rock is a genre of music originating in the 1950s that is characterized by its loud, raw, and energetic sound. It typically features electric guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, and often incorporates elements of blues, country, and other musical styles. Rock music also encompasses a variety of subgenres, ranging from classic rock and hard rock to punk, alternative, and heavy metal. Beyond the music, rock is often associated with a rebellious attitude, counterculture movements, and social commentary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rocknoun

    see Roc

  2. Rocknoun

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

  3. Rocknoun

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

  4. Rocknoun

    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. Rocknoun

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

  6. Rocknoun

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

  7. Rocknoun

    the striped bass. See under Bass

  8. Rockverb

    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. Rockverb

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

  10. Rockverb

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

  11. Rockverb

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

  12. Etymology: [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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. rocknoun

    Crack cocaine.

  2. rocknoun

    Biblical: God, as in "Rock of Ages"

  3. rocknoun

    An island. (i.e. Alcatraz, Jamaica, etc.)

  4. rocknoun

    Diamond. "And them rings you wearin' look like they got a few rocks on 'em" – Eminem (Rock Bottom)

  5. rockverb

    Partying, exerting energy, or otherwise enjoying makeityourring diamond engagement rings oneself. "Start a'rockin' and a'shockin' and a'funkin' it up." – Afrika Bambaataa (Zulu Nation Throwdown Pt. 2)

  6. rockverb

    To have sexual intercourse.

  7. rockverb

    To wear proudly. "I was rocking my brand new Nikes."

  8. rockadjective

    Messed up. "That broad's mouth is rocked!"

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  1. rock

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  2. ROCK

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ROCK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rock is ranked #1859 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rock surname appeared 19,313 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Rock.

    83.6% or 16,150 total occurrences were White.
    8.7% or 1,682 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 483 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.4% or 479 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 386 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 135 total occurrences were Asian.

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

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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. Alfredo Lamedo:

    This is about the right not to be shot by police because you have a rock in your hand, how many bullets were in that rock?

  2. Ringo Starr:

    They were all surprised that I wasn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and [Paul] talked to somebody and they're going to put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he's going to give me away like I'm the bride and I will accept.

  3. Jonas Larsen:

    On one hand, to be able to put Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock on a billboard and a bus and have the Netflix logo next to it, it drives subscribers so it makes sense, it's almost like marketing dollars that Chris Rock're paying for content because it's marketing Chris Rock brand. So maybe it makes sense for Chris Rock to spend that kind of money to get the press.

  4. Phil Lesh -LRB- bass -RRB-:

    The mainstream seems to be referencing '60s, '70s and '80s rock, rather than '30s, '40s, '50s blues and jazz and that sort of thing, our generation, the '60s 'jammers' let's say, our influences were people like Coltrane, and blues artists like Bobbie Bland, or Wilson Pickett or more of a roots-y thing. I think that young musicians today are more influenced by rock music. It's sort of narrowed down a little bit. That's not to say that it's not extremely expressive and diverse, but I don't sense a lot of roots involvement.

  5. John McNerney:

    Playing major rock venues and opening for major rock star acts has taught me one thing. Once you've seen a girl naked, you've seen them all naked.

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