- 1A cylindrical projectile that can be propelled to a great height or distance by the combustion of its contents, used typically as a firework or signal.More example sentences
- The famed Brooklyn amusement park is a recurring motif in these paintings that feature carousel horses, Ferris wheels, fireworks, rockets and extravagant fantasy architecture.
- He spent his summer vacation collaborating with scientists on a project involving launching small rockets into storm clouds above a desolate region to trigger lightning bolts.
- Will this bizarre heist sizzle like a bottle rocket or fizzle like a defective firecracker?
- 1.1 (also rocket engine or rocket motor) An engine that operates by the combustion of its contents, providing thrust as in a jet engine but without depending on the intake of air for combustion.More example sentences
- The rocket motor ignites following discharge from the cannon and extends the effective range of the cannon.
- However, the propulsion device of a rocket can be called either a rocket motor or a rocket engine, and usage here seems not to have settled on one or the other.
- While many of these technologies may seem like science fiction, so too were the jet engine, the airplane, and the rocket engine only 100 years ago.
- 1.2An elongated rocket-propelled missile or spacecraft: [as modifier]: a rocket launcherMore example sentences
- At the start of World War II, he entered the Royal navy and served with distinction on mine sweepers, destroyers, and rocket launchers.
- Helping the scientists with their endeavor is a group of astronauts tooling around in their high-tech rocket ship, led by space-stud Katsuo.
- Many are heavily armed, while others must've arrived late the day that they were handing out rocket launchers.
- 1.3Used to refer to a person or thing that moves very fast or to an action that is done with great force: she shot out of her chair like a rocketMore example sentences
- He doesn't get up quickly like a rocket but gets up slowly, no matter what the contents are.
- Back in 1964, the son of comedian Jerry Lewis inked a contract with Liberty Records and took off like a bottle rocket.
- His rocket to fame was fueled by awe-inspiring talent and brash wit.
verb (rockets, rocketing, rocketed)Back to top
- 1 [no object] (Of an amount, price, etc.) increase very rapidly and suddenly: sales of milk in supermarkets are rocketing (as adjective rocketing) rocketing pricesMore example sentences
- In 2004, the box office take had rocketed to £74.5m, of which Russian films accounted for 12%.
- Agents in Santa Clara County say sales are rocketing.
- When the Fed raised rates another 75 basis points in early 2000, spreads were rocketing to historic highs.
- 1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Move very rapidly: [no object]: he rocketed to national stardom [with object]: she showed the kind of form that rocketed her to the semi-finals last yearMore example sentences
- Critics have him pigeonholed as ‘Flash Gordon,’ that postmodern enfant terrible who rocketed to stardom on the supercharged fireworks of the State of Illinois Building in 1985.
- Dancers popped and rocked downstage; two in-line skaters rocketed back and forth on the ramp, creating a dynamic backdrop.
- As the ball rockets off his bat toward the lights above, Newman states the main title theme.
- 2 [with object] Attack with rocket-propelled missiles: the city was rocketed and bombed from the airMore example sentences
- He said helicopter gunships rocketed rebel positions in the jungle where the gunmen fled.
- Just last week, gunships rocketed a training camp, killing 15 operatives.
rise like a rocket (and fall like a stick)
- Rise suddenly and dramatically (and subsequently fall in a similar manner): the firm worries that, after rising like a rocket, exports could drop like the stickMore example sentences
- The incorruptible Tom Paine once said of an opportunistic politician: ‘He rose like a rocket, but he falls like a stick’.
- Writing after the 1981 riots Socialist Worker's Chris Harman described how ‘riots rise like a rocket, but fall like a stick’.
- All I have to do is read a newspaper or turn on the TV and my rage rises like a rocket and keeps on climbing.
early 17th century: from French roquette, from Italian rocchetto, diminutive of rocca 'distaff (for spinning)', with reference to its cylindrical shape.
late 15th century: from French roquette, from Italian ruchetta, diminutive of ruca, from Latin eruca 'downy-stemmed plant'.