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8 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Roc \Roc\, noun [Ar. & Per. rokh or rukh. Cf. {Rook} a castle.] A monstrous bird of Arabian mythology. [Written also {rock}, and {rukh}.] --Brande & C.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rock \Rock\, noun See {Roc}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rock \Rock\, noun [OE. rocke; akin to D. rok, rokken, G. rocken, OHG. roccho, Dan. rok, Icel. rokkr. Cf. {Rocket} a firework.] A distaff used in spinning; the staff or frame about which flax is arranged, and from which the thread is drawn in spinning. --Chapman.

Sad Clotho held the rocke, the whiles the thread By grisly Lachesis was spun with pain, That cruel Atropos eftsoon undid. --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rock \Rock\, noun [OF. roke, F. roche; cf. Armor. roc'h, and AS. rocc.]

1. A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See {Stone}.

Come one, come all! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I. --Sir W. Scott.

2. (Geol.) Any natural deposit forming a part of the earth's crust, whether consolidated or not, including sand, earth, clay, etc., when in natural beds.

3. That which resembles a rock in firmness; a defense; a support; a refuge.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress. --2 Sam. xxii. 2.

4. Fig.: Anything which causes a disaster or wreck resembling the wreck of a vessel upon a rock.

5. (Zool.) The striped bass. See under {Bass}.

Note: This word is frequently used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, rock-bound, rock-built, rock-ribbed, rock-roofed, and the like.

{Rock alum}. [Probably so called by confusion with F. roche a rock.] Same as {Roche alum}.

{Rock barnacle} (Zool.), a barnacle ({Balanus balanoides}) very abundant on rocks washed by tides.

{Rock bass}. (Zool.) (a) The stripped bass. See under {Bass}. (b) The goggle-eye. (c) The cabrilla. Other species are also locally called rock bass.

{Rock builder} (Zool.), any species of animal whose remains contribute to the formation of rocks, especially the corals and Foraminifera.

{Rock butter} (Min.), native alum mixed with clay and oxide of iron, usually in soft masses of a yellowish white color, occuring in cavities and fissures in argillaceous slate.

{Rock candy}, a form of candy consisting of crystals of pure sugar which are very hard, whence the name.

{Rock cavy}. (Zool.) See {Moco}.

{Rock cod} (Zool.) (a) A small, often reddish or brown, variety of the cod found about rocks andledges. (b) A California rockfish.

{Rock cook}. (Zool.) (a) A European wrasse ({Centrolabrus exoletus}). (b) A rockling.

{Rock cork} (Min.), a variety of asbestus the fibers of which are loosely interlaced. It resembles cork in its texture.

{Rock crab} (Zool.), any one of several species of large crabs of the genus {C}, as the two species of the New England coast ({Cancer irroratus} and {Cancer borealis}). See Illust. under {Cancer}.

{Rock cress} (Bot.), a name of several plants of the cress kind found on rocks, as {Arabis petraea}, {Arabis lyrata}, etc.

{Rock crystal} (Min.), limpid quartz. See {Quartz}, and under {Crystal}.

{Rock dove} (Zool.), the rock pigeon; -- called also {rock doo}.

{Rock drill}, an implement for drilling holes in rock; esp., a machine impelled by steam or compressed air, for drilling holes for blasting, etc.

{Rock duck} (Zool.), the harlequin duck.

{Rock eel}. (Zool.) See {Gunnel}.

{Rock goat} (Zool.), a wild goat, or ibex.

{Rock hopper} (Zool.), a penguin of the genus {Catarractes}. See under {Penguin}.

{Rock kangaroo}. (Zool.) See {Kangaroo}, and {Petrogale}.

{Rock lobster} (Zool.), any one of several species of large spinose lobsters of the genera {Panulirus} and {Palinurus}. They have no large claws. Called also {spiny lobster}, and {sea crayfish}.

{Rock meal} (Min.), a light powdery variety of calcite occuring as an efflorescence.

{Rock milk}. (Min.) See {Agaric mineral}, under {Agaric}.

{Rock moss}, a kind of lichen; the cudbear. See {Cudbear}.

{Rock oil}. See {Petroleum}.

{Rock parrakeet} (Zool.), a small Australian parrakeet ({Euphema petrophila}), which nests in holes among the rocks of high cliffs. Its general color is yellowish olive green; a frontal band and the outer edge of the wing quills are deep blue, and the central tail feathers bluish green.

{Rock pigeon} (Zool.), the wild pigeon ({Columba livia}) Of Europe and Asia, from which the domestic pigeon was derived. See Illust. under {Pigeon}.

{Rock pipit}. (Zool.) See the Note under {Pipit}.

{Rock plover}. (Zool.) (a) The black-bellied, or whistling, plover. (b) The rock snipe.

{Rock ptarmigan} (Zool.), an arctic American ptarmigan ({Lagopus rupestris}), which in winter is white, with the tail and lores black. In summer the males are grayish brown, coarsely vermiculated with black, and have black patches on the back.

{Rock rabbit} (Zool.), the hyrax. See {Cony}, and {Daman}.

{Rock ruby} (Min.), a fine reddish variety of garnet.

{Rock salt} (Min.), cloride of sodium (common salt) occuring in rocklike masses in mines; mineral salt; salt dug from the earth. In the United States this name is sometimes given to salt in large crystals, formed by evaporation from sea water in large basins or cavities.

{Rock seal} (Zool.), the harbor seal. See {Seal}.

{Rock shell} (Zool.), any species of Murex, Purpura, and allied genera.

{Rock snake} (Zool.), any one of several large pythons; as, the royal {rock snake} ({Python regia}) of Africa, and the {rock snake} of India ({Python molurus}). The Australian rock snakes mostly belong to the allied genus {Morelia}.

{Rock snipe} (Zool.), the purple sandpiper ({Tringa maritima}); -- called also {rock bird}, {rock plover}, {winter snipe}.

{Rock soap} (Min.), a kind of clay having a smooth, greasy feel, and adhering to the tongue.

{Rock sparrow}. (Zool.) (a) Any one of several species of Old World sparrows of the genus {Petronia}, as {Petronia stulla}, of Europe. (b) A North American sparrow ({Pucaea ruficeps}).

{Rock tar}, petroleum.

{Rock thrush} (Zool.), any Old World thrush of the genus {Monticola}, or {Petrocossyphus}; as, the European rock thrush ({Monticola saxatilis}), and the blue rock thrush of India ({Monticola cyaneus}), in which the male is blue throughout.

{Rock tripe} (Bot.), a kind of lichen ({Umbilicaria Dillenii}) growing on rocks in the northen parts of America, and forming broad, flat, coriaceous, dark fuscous or blackish expansions. It has been used as food in cases of extremity.

{Rock trout} (Zool.), any one of several species of marine food fishes of the genus {Hexagrammus}, family {Chiradae}, native of the North Pacific coasts; -- called also {sea trout}, {boregat}, {bodieron}, and {starling}.

{Rock warbler} (Zool.), a small Australian singing bird ({Origma rubricata}) which frequents rocky ravines and water courses; -- called also {cataract bird}.

{Rock wren} (Zool.), any one of several species of wrens of the genus {Salpinctes}, native of the arid plains of Lower California and Mexico.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rock \Rock\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Rocked};p. pr. & vb. n. {Rocking}.] [AS. roccian; akin to Dan. rokke to move, to snake; cf. Icel. rukkja to pull, move, G. r["u]cken to move, push, pull.]

1. To cause to sway backward and forward, as a body resting on a support beneath; as, to rock a cradle or chair; to cause to vibrate; to cause to reel or totter.

A rising earthquake rocked the ground. --Dryden.

2. To move as in a cradle; hence, to put to sleep by rocking; to still; to quiet. "Sleep rock thy brain." --Shak.

Note: Rock differs from shake, as denoting a slower, less violent, and more uniform motion, or larger movements. It differs from swing, which expresses a vibratory motion of something suspended.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rock \Rock\, verb (used without an object)

1. To move or be moved backward and forward; to be violently agitated; to reel; to totter.

The rocking town Supplants their footsteps. --J. Philips .

2. To roll or saway backward and forward upon a support; as, to rock in a rocking-chair.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Crack \Crack\, noun

1. A partial separation of parts, with or without a perceptible opening; a chink or fissure; a narrow breach; a crevice; as, a crack in timber, or in a wall, or in glass.

2. Rupture; flaw; breach, in a moral sense.

My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw. --Shak.

3. A sharp, sudden sound or report; the sound of anything suddenly burst or broken; as, the crack of a falling house; the crack of thunder; the crack of a whip.

Will the stretch out to the crack of doom? --Shak.

4. The tone of voice when changed at puberty.

Though now our voices Have got the mannish crack. --Shak.

5. Mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity; as, he has a crack.

6. A crazy or crack-brained person. [Obs.]

I . . . can not get the Parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector. --Addison.

7. A boast; boasting. [Obs.] "Crack and brags." --Burton. "Vainglorius cracks." --Spenser.

8. Breach of chastity. [Obs.] --Shak.

9. A boy, generally a pert, lively boy. [Obs.]

Val. 'T is a noble child. Vir. A crack, madam. --Shak.

10. A brief time; an instant; as, to be with one in a crack. [Eng. & Scot. Colloq.]

11. Free conversation; friendly chat. [Scot.]

What is crack in English? . . . A crack is . . . a chat with a good, kindly human heart in it. --P. P. Alexander.

12. a witty remark; a wisecrack. [PJC]

13. a chance or opportunity to do something; an attempt; as, I'll take a crack at it. [PJC]

14. a form of cocaine, highly purified and prepared as small pellets, especially suitable for smoking; -- also called {rock}. Used in this form it appears to be more addicting than cocaine powder. [slang] [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

rock

noun

1: a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter; "he threw a rock at me" [syn: {rock}, {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: {rock}, {stone}]

3: United States gynecologist and devout Catholic who conducted the first clinical trials of the oral contraceptive pill (1890-1984) [syn: {Rock}, {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 bright-colored stick candy (typically flavored with peppermint) [syn: {rock candy}, {rock}]

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}, {rock music}]

7: pitching dangerously to one side [syn: {rock}, {careen}, {sway}, {tilt}]

verb

1: move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet" [syn: {rock}, {sway}, {shake}]

2: cause to move back and forth; "rock the cradle"; "rock the baby"; "the wind swayed the trees gently" [syn: {rock}, {sway}]

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