: popular music usually played on electronically amplified instruments and characterized by a persistent heavily accented beat, repetition of simple phrases, and often country, folk, and blues elements
shake often carries a further implication of a particular purpose.
shake well before using
agitate suggests a violent and prolonged tossing or stirring.
an ocean agitated by storms
rock suggests a swinging or swaying motion resulting from violent impact or upheaval.
the whole city was rocked by the explosion
convulse suggests a violent pulling or wrenching as of a body in a paroxysm.
spectators were convulsed with laughter
Examples of rock in a Sentence
She gently rocked the baby to sleep.
He rocked back and forth while he stood waiting.
The boat rocked back and forth on the waves.
An earthquake rocked the town.
The building was rocked by an explosion.
The news of the murders rocked the town.
Their invention rocked the computer industry.
The band rocked the crowd. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The true babygirl of the moment is Jacob Elordi, but maybe post–Iron Claw Dickinson can rock an eyebrow stud too.—Vulture, 21 Nov. 2023 When the aft searchlight came on, Lieutenant Walsh saw what had rocked the craft: the explosive cracking of a plastic window.—William J. Broad, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 North channeled her mom's look from the Sydney Airport in 2006 in the TikTok — wearing a velour sweatsuit and sunglasses, as her friend rocked Hilton's newsboy cap, white sunglasses and striped shirt.—Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2023 Tens of thousands of small earthquakes have rocked southwestern Iceland since late October, with thousands occurring in just the last few days.—Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 More than 2,000 earthquakes have rocked the area in the past 48 hours, according to Met Office data.—Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir Bloomberg (wpns), arkansasonline.com, 14 Nov. 2023 Just plop it on top of your wine bottle, hit a button, and boom, your wine is ready to rock.—Samantha Booth, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 Singer Tom Jones, who’s still rocking at 83 years old.—Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 This new version of golf will rock, at least in the yacht sense.—WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023
The men dropped the tubes near some rocks, knocking a cloud of dust into the air.—Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 Some cases involve years-long family separations over relatively minor infractions such as throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers.—Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 One of the best features along this hike is Devil's Kitchen, which features pillars and other interesting rock formations.—Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023 The pair made up the pop rock duo Hall & Oates, and put out 18 studio albums together between 1972 and 2006.—Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 22 Nov. 2023 Start with a rock: Now a sculpture, outside a bank:
Mix in some Jiffy:
Check out a church:
Now . . .—Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 21 Nov. 2023 There, the warm weather and leisure lifestyle inspired him to adopt a persona based around hard drinking and easy living, and a tropical rock sound full of steel drums and pedal steel guitars.—Al Shipley, SPIN, 21 Nov. 2023 Beyond spending all day in one of its rock tubs, there's plenty to do, particularly at Somoza, the restaurant, gallery, and shop.—Danielle Demetriou, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Nov. 2023 The ability to have clear vision is crucial for safety on a mountain for spotting other skiers, rocks, or obstacles that can cause injury.—Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English rokken, from Old English roccian; akin to Old High German rucken to cause to move
Middle English rokke, from Old French dialect (Norman & Picard) roke, from Vulgar Latin *rocca
Middle English roc, from Middle Dutch rocke; akin to Old High German rocko distaff