rocket ship

noun

Definition of rocket ship

: a rocket-propelled spaceship

Examples of rocket ship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lacy’s funk love odyssey was a rocket ship to the moon; deeply and profoundly satisfying. Jason Parham, Wired, "The 7 Best Albums of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 SpaceX, a company specializing in providing access to space through its line of rocket ships, is offering its Starship rocket to the U.S. Army as a means of quickly transporting men and material overseas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Wants the U.S. Army To Use Its Starship Rockets," 21 Oct. 2019 This was before the rocket ship success of YouTube, and cable television still reigned supreme. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ex-MySpace exec has big ideas for San Diego startup: building apps with no code," 27 Sep. 2019 Virgin Galactic has conducted successful test flights of its winged rocket ship at Mojave, California. Washington Post, "CEO: Virgin Galactic marks ‘incredible’ year of milestones," 5 Dec. 2019 Outside Tokyo Stadium: That’s where the real action was as seven Russians paraded around and impersonated a rocket ship to entertain fans before the match. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Russians add fun and flavor to World Cup opener in Japan," 20 Sep. 2019 To describe the difference in speeds, analysts say that 4G is like a skateboard while 5G is like a rocket ship, presenting a huge advantage for applications such as videogaming and streaming services. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Showing that the U.S. won’t hold it back, China launches commercial 5G service," 31 Oct. 2019 Virgin Galactic has conducted successful test flights of its winged rocket ship at Mojave, California, and is preparing to begin operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico. John Antczak, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boeing to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic," 8 Oct. 2019 Perhaps the hydraulic lift will lower the 9EX rocket ship 45 degrees to half-mast. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Jeffrey Epstein Chose New Mexico for a Reason," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rocket ship

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rocket ship was in 1927

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24 Jan 2020

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“Rocket ship.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rocket%20ship. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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rocket ship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rocket ship

: a spaceship that is powered by rockets

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