There are 2 main translations of rock in Spanish:

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rock 1

American English: /rɑk/
British English: /rɒk/

noun

  • 1 uncountable (substance) igneous/volcanic rock
    roca ígnea/volcánica
    a great lump of rock
    una roca enorme
    hewn from the rock
    tallado en la roca viva
    as hard as rock
    duro como una piedra
    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.
  • 2 countable 2.1 (crag, cliff) my wife was like a rock throughout that time
    mi esposa fue mi puntal durante toda esa época
    the Rock (of Gibraltar)
    el Peñón (de Gibraltar)
    as solid as a rock
    firme or sólido como una roca
    2.2 (in sea) the ship ran onto the rocks
    el barco encalló en las rocas
    on the rocksScotch on the rocks
    whisky con hielo
    their marriage is on the rocks
    su matrimonio anda muy mal
    the business went on the rocks when she left
    el negocio se fue a pique cuando ella se fue
    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.
    2.3 (boulder) danger falling rocks
    zona de derrumbe
    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.
    2.4 (stone) to throw rocks
    tirar piedras
    to get one's rocks off (American English) [slang] to have rocks in one's head (American English) [slang]
    faltarle a alguien un tornillo
    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.
  • 3 countable (jewel) [slang]
    Example sentences
    • It's like a trip through a jewelry store that sells nothing but pricey diamond rings with big rocks.
    • Instead of working with flashy, expensive rocks, he preferred to use semiprecious stones - and his wits.
  • 4 uncountable
    (British English) (Cookery) (barra de caramelo de colores)

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rock 2
American English: /rɑk/
British English: /rɒk/

intransitive verb

  • 1 (gently)
    mecerse
    balancearse
    the boat rocked gently on the waves
    el barco se mecía suavemente en las olas
    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.
  • 2 (violently)
    (building/ground)
    sacudirse
    estremecerse
    to rock with laughter
    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.
  • 3 (Music)
    bailar rock
    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.

transitive verb

  • 1 (gently)
    (cradle)
    (child)
    she rocked the child in her arms
    acunó al niño en sus brazos
    he rocked Louise to sleep
    acunó a Louise hasta que se durmió
  • 2 (violently) the scandal rocked New York
    el escándalo convulsionó or conmocionó a Nueva York

noun

  • uncountable (music) heavy/soft rock
    rock duro/blando
    (before noun) (band/singer/star/concert)
    de rock
    (music)
    Example sentences
    • My dad had booked a special reunion concert by 80s rock legends, Dire Straits.
    • We were all squealing like kids at a rock concert.
    • He had organised a rock concert to coincide with one of the city's major sporting events.

Phrasal verbs

rock up

verb + adverb
(British English) [colloquial]

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