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Dictionary Definition



1 a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter; "he threw a rock at me" [syn: stone]
2 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" [syn: stone]
3 United States gynecologist and devout Catholic who conducted the first clinical trials of the oral contraceptive pill (1890-1984) [syn: John Rock]
4 (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 hard stick bright-colored stick candy typically peppermint flavored [syn: rock candy]
6 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." [syn: rock 'n' roll, rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll, rock and roll, rock music]
7 pitching dangerously to one side [syn: careen, sway, tilt]


1 move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet" [syn: sway, shake]
2 cause to move back and forth; "rock the cradle"; "rock the baby"; "the wind swayed the trees gently" [syn: sway]

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  • , /rɒk/, /rQk/
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Etymology 1

From roque, compare French roche


  1. The naturally occurring aggregate of solid mineral matter that constitutes a significant part of the earth's crust.
    The face of the cliff is solid rock.
  2. A mass of stone projecting out of the ground or water.
    The ship crashed on the rocks.
  3. A boulder or large stone.
    Some fool has thrown a rock through my window.
  4. A large hill or island having no vegetation.
    Pearl Rock near Cape Cod is so named because the morning sun makes it gleam like a pearl.
    • Pearl, Wikipedia
      The location is particularly well known for its Pearl Mountain or "Pearl Rock". This huge granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops that make up Pearl Mountain and has been compared in majesty to Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) in Australia."
  5. Something that is strong, stable, and dependable; a person who provides security or support to another.
    • 1611, King James Bible, Matthew 16:18,
      And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
    • 1991, Robert Harling and Andrew Bergman, Soapdish, Paramount Pictures,
      Celeste Talbert: She is my rock, my right hand.
  6. Any natural material with a distinctive composition of minerals.
  7. A precious stone or gem, especially a diamond.
    Look at the size of that rock on her finger!
  8. A lump or cube of ice.
    I'll have a whisky on the rocks, please.
  9. A type of confectionery made from sugar in the shape of a stick, traditionally having some text running through its length.
    While we're in Brighton, let's get a stick of rock!
  10. A crystalized lump of crack cocaine.
  11. An unintelligent person, especially one who repeats mistakes.
  12. In the context of "South African|slang|derogatory}} An Afrikaner.

Extensive Definition

Rock(s) may refer to:


  • Rock (geology), a substance composed of mineral that can consist in particulate form or in large form (mountains, tectonic plates, planets)
  • Rock salt or Halite, an unrefined form of sodium chloride
  • Rock, slang for a gemstone, usually understood to be a diamond



United Kingdom

United States


  • Rock (confectionery), made and sold in many of the UK's seaside holiday resorts
  • Rock candy, a type of confectionery composed of large sugar crystals
  • Rock (chicken), a breed of chicken
  • "Rocks", slang for ice when used with alcoholic beverages



rock in German: Rock
rock in Spanish: Rock
rock in French: Rock (homonymie)
rock in Hebrew: רוק
rock in Georgian: როკი
rock in Low German: Rock
rock in Simple English: Rock
rock in Swedish: Rock
rock in Chinese: Rock

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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