- 1The solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth and other similar planets, exposed on the surface or underlying the soil or oceans.More example sentences
- Groundwater will contain the minerals dissolved as the water moves through soil and rock materials.
- Sulfates are a combination of sulfur and oxygen and are a part of naturally occurring minerals in some soil and rock formations that contain groundwater.
- Lighter than the surrounding solid rock, this liquid magma rises, cools, and crystallizes beneath Earth's surface.
- 1.1A mass of rock projecting above the earth’s surface or out of the sea: there are dangerous rocks around the islandMore example sentences
- Of course they have to break out of jail, and the posse who is hot on their tail gets turned back by a sniper in the rocks above.
- At the centre of the building is a courtyard; in fact, the original patch of trees, rocks and earth that was here from the very start.
- More than half of Mandela's sentence was spent on Robben Island, a windswept rock surrounded by the treacherous seas of the Cape of Good Hope.
- 1.2 Geology Any natural material, hard or soft (e.g., clay), having a distinctive mineral composition.More example sentences
- A main types of mineral phosphate, soft rock phosphate comes mostly from ancient sea deposits.
- Karst landscapes are developed wherever soluble carbonate rocks outcrop and where surplus rainfall is available to dissolve the limestone.
- The cave offers an in-depth view of the immense layers of limestone rock formed by the sedimented shells.
- 1.4 (the Rock) informal name for Newfoundland1.
- 2A large piece of rock that has become detached from a cliff or mountain; a boulder: the stream flowed through a jumble of rocksMore example sentences
- Should he have intervened, therefore preventing David's death, or did he do the right thing by just staying behind the rocks?
- He lies on a rock, a mountain looming above him and his naked body partially covered by a white dress.
- It was so clearly identifiable as his work from the outset that I kept expecting either Ricardo Montalban or Kate Winslet to pop out from behind a rock.
- 2.1North American A stone of any size, especially one small enough to be picked up and used as a projectile.More example sentences
- Tiger also faced abuse at the hands of grade school classmates, who once even tied him to a tree and threw rocks at him.
- The film has one of cinema's most beautiful uses of an open exterior, when the husband throws a rock towards the nuclear plant just after dusk.
- If you must ripple the pond, throw a small rock first and pay careful attention.
- 2.3 • informal A precious stone, especially a diamond.
- 3Used in similes and metaphors to refer to someone or something that is extremely strong, reliable, or hard: imagining himself as the last rock of civilization being swept over by a wave of barbarismMore example sentences
- Mia really has become the rock in this world, his key to becoming a better man.
- It was only sprung on us in the sense that at any point, we could have said ‘no’ and faced the rock that was our boss.
- 3.1 (usually rocks) (Especially with allusion to shipwrecks) a source of danger or destruction: the new system is heading for the rocksMore example sentences
- While his willingness to explore the darker side of marriage makes his movie more perceptive than many others, the film loses its way when love hits the rocks.
between a rock and a hard place
- • informal In a situation where one is faced with two equally difficult alternatives.More example sentences
- The army chief is certainly caught between a rock and a hard place.
- With the mayor and the police force all breathing down Harry's neck, Harry finds himself between a rock and a hard place.
- Rex to Miles: ‘My wife has me between a rock and a hard place.’
get one's rocks off
- Obtain pleasure or satisfaction.More example sentences
- I am sure that he is getting his rocks off over the fact that people are discussing him - no matter how derisive the comments might be.
- This is totally the kind of art that gets my rocks off.
- Given that graphic design is a wholly commercial field, how do arty people get their rocks off and feel subversive even while selling their skills to companies and corporations?
on the rocks • informal
- 1(Of a relationship or enterprise) experiencing difficulties and likely to fail.More example sentences
- My relationship has been on the rocks ever since my boyfriend left our ballet company to join a dance troupe in another state.
- His relationship with Sissy on the rocks, Bud takes to practicing bull riding.
- Feigning being in love and making googly eyes isn't too much of a challenge; convincingly portraying a long-time couple whose relationship is on the rocks is the tough part.
- 2(Of a drink) served undiluted and with ice cubes.More example sentences
with ice, on ice, over ice
- He starts smoking an exclusive brand of cigarette and drinking single malt whisky on the rocks.
- When not ‘landing’ a big client, she cares for her aging father, and sexes it up with her fiancé, who looks like he drinks Vitalis on the rocks.
- My favorite drink is malt scotch, either on the rocks or with a splash of soda and a twist.
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- Thus, you will be confined to somewhat small areas on which you can construct your base, generally represented by a hard red rock-like surface.
- Rock wool loose-fill insulation is similar to fiberglass except that it is spun from blast furnace slag and other rock-like materials instead of molten glass.
- Even a rock-like drop in the dollar during the last two quarters of 2003 has brought no relief from chronically high US trade and current account deficits.
Middle English: from Old French rocque, from medieval Latin rocca, of unknown ultimate origin.
- 1Move gently to and fro or from side to side: [with object]: she rocked the baby in her arms [no object]: the vase rocked back and forth on its base (as adjective rocking) the rocking movement of the boatMore example sentences
- I think I spent a week in a row rocking him to sleep, just speaking it over.
- She rocked herself to and fro, and the tears gathered in her eyes and slowly trickled down her cheeks.
- He rocked his body at the mike, rolled his eyes, pulled back his lips in elegant disdain, and finished each sentence with a sensual guttural trail.
- 1.1(With reference to a building or region) shake or cause to shake or vibrate, especially because of an impact, earthquake, or explosion: [with object]: another blast rocked the ship and threw him from his chair [no object]: the building began to rock on its foundationsMore example sentences
- He is awake in the middle of the night and he feels as if the hotel is being rocked by an earthquake.
- An explosion rocks downtown London and shuts down the city.
- Both films take place in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that rocked northern Iran in 1990, killing nearly 50,000 people.
- 1.2 [with object] Cause great shock or distress to (someone or something), especially so as to weaken or destabilize them or it: diplomatic upheavals that rocked the British EmpireMore example sentences
- This incident rocked the Canadian province of Newfoundland.
- When tumultuous events rocked the world he soon forgot her.
- Corporate scandals have recently rocked the business world, shocked shareholders and the public at large, and led to the downfall of several large-scale firms.
- 2 [no object] • informal Dance to or play rock music.More example sentences
- While my musical strength may be in the Classical realm, I also know that Little Richard really rocked in his day.
- In this case, the screen was bigger, the score was louder and the crowd was rocking.
- If the crowd is not rocking to this one beat, you gotta get it out and get the next record in.
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- 1Rock music: [as modifier]: a rock starMore example sentences
- Unlike many rock stars who venture into acting, Jagger has a genuine talent in front of the camera.
- He beat out no less than Sting and Paul McCartney, two rock idols who performed their own nominated songs.
- He went autobiographical and nostalgic in his book, looking at love amongst rock stars and the people who love them.
- 1.1Rock and roll.More example sentences
- It is a film for everyone, both those who were touched by this era of rock and those who just remember that fleeting second when the world didn't slow down.
- It made me want to run out and start a rockabilly band to pay tribute to rock's greatest geek.
rock the boat
- see boat.
- • informal Perform rock music loudly and vigorously.More example sentences
- The Canadian guitar god should have been dressed in a schoolboy uniform as he rocked out like AC/DC throughout the performance.
- With just a square black stage and some colourful lights, it almost felt like the group were rocking out at their local bar - except for the thousands of screaming hordes.
- When they aren't rocking out, the band do what they can to encourage their fans to become politically aware and get out to the voting polls.
late Old English roccian, probably from a Germanic base meaning 'remove, move'; related to Dutch rukken 'jerk, tug' and German rücken 'move'. The noun dates from the early 19th century.