hard rock


Definition of hard rock

: rock music marked by a heavy regular beat, high amplification, and usually frenzied performances

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The erratic rainfall caused by climate change takes away the fertility of the topsoil and exposes hard rocks. Gurvinder Singh, Quartz India, "Science is rekindling the aroma that Darjeeling tea lost to climate change," 9 Aug. 2019 Thousands of feet below the river are thick layers of salt and seams of shale and hard rock that encompass eons of geological evolution. Keith Schneider, ProPublica, "West Virginia Bets Big on Plastics, and on Backing of Trump Administration," 31 July 2019 The Evergreen Walk park area was filled with hard rock music fans, despite the rain. Quoron Walker, courant.com, "Crowd Rocks Out At Concert," 18 July 2019 All of us had already summited another 8,000-meter peak; all of us had climbed hard rock or hard ice in Yosemite or South America or the Alps. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, "How to Fix Everest," 20 June 2019 Dio had a uniquely powerful, high voice, growling and pretty, a perfect fit to lead the onslaught of Judas Priests, Iron Maidens and Rushes who would come to dominate popular hard rock and metal throughout the '70s. Steve Knopper, chicagotribune.com, "'We're not trying to raise the dead,' says Dio drummer Simon Wright of the Ronnie James Dio hologram show hitting town," 13 June 2019 They must be quickly buried in sediment that then turns into hard rock and protects their delicate structures. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Smithsonian, "How Do Fossils Form?," 8 June 2019 In 2015, Lama visited Lebanon, interacted with the local community, and established the hardest rock climb in the Middle East with a new 5.14d in the Baatara Gorge. National Geographic, "In the wake of tragedy, climbers pay homage to David Lama," 19 Apr. 2019 There were a bunch of bands who came out of that milieu between metal and hard rock and what turned into grunge and turned into nu-metal. Billboard, "'Vivid' at 30: Living Colour Reflects on the Rough Road to Their Game-Changing Classic Debut," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of hard rock

1959, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hard rock

: loud rock music that has a heavy regular beat

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