rocked; rocking; rocks
Definition of rock
(Entry 1 of 4)
1 : to move back and forth in or as if in a cradle She gently rocked the baby to sleep.
2a : to cause to sway back and forth a boat rocked by the waves
b(1) : to cause to shake violently An earthquake rocked the town.
(2) : to daze with or as if with a vigorous blow A hard right rocked the contender.
(3) : to astonish or disturb greatly The scandal rocked the community.
3 : to rouse to excitement (as by performing rock music) The band rocked the crowd.
4 informal : to wear, display, or feature (something striking, distinctive, or attractive) Carly Patterson is rocking a tight yellow T-shirt with jeans and high wooden sandals, belting her lyrics into a microphone.— Kate Hairopolous In the picture he's rocking a beard, a pair of shades and a striped t-shirt.— Sam Haysom
1 : to become moved backward and forward under often violent impact The tower rocked under the impact of the hurricane. also : to move gently back and forth rocked on the balls of his feet
2 : to move forward at a steady pace also : to move forward at a high speed the train rocked through the countryside
3 : to sing, dance to, or play rock music The band was rocking all night long.
4 slang : to be extremely enjoyable, pleasing, or effective her new car rocks
rock the boat
: to do something that disturbs the equilibrium of a situation
rocknoun (1), often attributive
Definition of rock (Entry 2 of 4)
1 : a rocking movement
2 : 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
Definition of rock (Entry 3 of 4)
1 : a large mass of stone forming a cliff, promontory, or peak
2 : a concreted mass of stony material also : broken pieces of such masses
3 : consolidated or unconsolidated solid mineral matter also : a particular mass of it
4a : something like a rock in firmness:
(1) : foundation, support The superintendent describes [Michael] Doran as a rock on which the success of the school is and will continue to be built. — Henry County (Kentucky) Local
(2) : refuge a rock of independent thought … in an ocean of parochialism— Thomas Molnar
b : something that threatens or causes disaster —often used in plural By the late 1930's, the university, so near the rocks in preceding years, had become one of the best-rounded educational institutions in the country. — Current Biography
5a : a flavored stick candy with color running through
7a : a small crystallized mass of crack cocaine
b : crack sense 9
8 : the ball used in basketball Who's going to fight through screens or risk lumps and lacerations lunging into the stands after the rock?— Chris Broussard
between a rock and a hard place or less commonly between the rock and the hard placeon the rocks
: in a difficult or uncomfortable position with no attractive way out
1 : in or into a state of destruction or wreckage their marriage is on the rocks
2 : on ice cubes bourbon on the rocks
Definition of rock (Entry 4 of 4)
1 : distaff
2 : the wool or flax on a distaff
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