- 1 [mass noun] The solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth and other similar planets, exposed on the surface or underlying the soil: the beds of rock are slightly tilted a piece of rock [as modifier]: a spectacular rock archMore 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] A 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 [count noun] 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.
- 2A large piece of rock which 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: the crowd threw a few rocks and dispersedMore 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 to refer to someone or something that is extremely strong, reliable, or hard: the Irish scrum has been as solid as a rockMore 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.
- 4 (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 Faced with two equally undesirable alternatives: the alternative was equally untenable—she was caught between a rock and a hard placeMore 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: his marriage was on the rocksMore 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: he ordered a Scotch on the rocksMore example sentences
- 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]: minutes later a second blast rocked the city [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: 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: he looked a totally different man and ready to rockMore 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.
- 2.2Be very good or pleasing: this is when the job really rocksMore example sentences
- I don't know but, either way, they rock.
- Because they rocked and we wished we could have stayed longer.
- " The typical comment is, ' Dude, you rock!, '
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- 1 [mass noun] Rock 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.
- Perform rock music loudly and vigorously: the Waterboys rock out fiercely in one of the most anthemic tracks the band has recordedMore 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.
- British • informal Arrive; turn up: they rocked up at about 2.00 p.m.More example sentences
- The basic premise is that the band rocks up in an unlikely spot and plays furiously until they are evicted.
- Shovell fans out there in user land keep rocking up.
- I was not surprised when Suede rocked up ripping off Bowie.
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.