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rocker

[rok-er] /ˈrɒk ər/
noun
1.
Also called runner. one of the curved pieces on which a cradle or a rocking chair, rocks.
3.
a rock-'n'-roll song:
She sang a ballad and followed that with two of her well-known rockers.
4.
any of various devices that operate with a rocking motion.
5.
Graphic Arts. a small steel plate with one curved and toothed edge for roughening a copperplate to make a mezzotint.
6.
Mining. cradle (def 13).
7.
an ice skate that has a curved blade.
8.
a performer or fan of rock music.
Idioms
9.
off one's rocker, Slang. insane; crazy:
You're off your rocker if you think I'm going to climb that mountain.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English: one who rocks a cradle; see rock2, -er1

rock2

[rok] /rɒk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to move or sway to and fro or from side to side.
2.
to be moved or swayed powerfully with excitement, emotion, etc.
3.
Mining. (of sand or gravel) to be washed in a cradle.
4.
to dance to or play rock music.
5.
(of popular music) to have the driving beat characteristic of rock.
6.
Slang. to be very good, impressive, exciting, or effective:
This show really rocks.
verb (used with object)
7.
to move or sway to and fro or from side to side, especially gently and soothingly.
8.
to lull in security, hope, etc.
9.
to affect deeply; stun; move or sway powerfully, as with emotion:
Everyone in the courtroom was rocked by the verdict.
10.
to shake or disturb violently:
A thunderous explosion rocked the waterfront.
11.
Slang.
  1. to stir up; animate:
    We're gonna rock this joint tonight!
  2. to use, wear, or display (a look, garment, etc.) in a showy, self-confident manner and to great effect:
    Only you could rock that hat!
12.
Graphic Arts. to roughen the surface of (a copperplate) with a rocker preparatory to scraping a mezzotint.
13.
Mining. cradle (def 22).
noun
14.
a rocking movement:
the gentle rock of the boat.
15.
rock-'n'-roll (def 1).
adjective
16.
rock-'n'-roll (def 3).
Idioms
17.
rock the boat, Informal. to disrupt the smooth functioning or routine of something:
Don't rock the boat by demanding special treatment from management.
Origin
before 1100; Middle English rocken, Old English roccian; cognate with Middle Dutch rocken; akin to German rücken; Old Norse rykkja to jerk
Related forms
rockable, adjective
rockingly, adverb
unrocked, adjective
Synonyms
1. roll, shake. See swing1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for rocker

rocker

/ˈrɒkə/
noun
1.
any of various devices that transmit or operate with a rocking motion See also rocker arm
2.
another word for rocking chair
3.
either of two curved supports on the legs of a chair or other article of furniture on which it may rock
4.
a steel tool with a curved toothed cage, used to roughen the copper plate in engraving a mezzotint
5.
(mining) another word for cradle (sense 9)
6.
  1. an ice skate with a curved blade
  2. the curve itself
7.
(skating)
  1. a figure consisting of three interconnecting circles
  2. a half turn in which the skater turns through 180°, so facing about while continuing to move in the same direction
8.
a rock-music performer, fan, or song
9.
(Brit) an adherent of a youth movement rooted in the 1950s, characterized by motorcycle trappings Compare mod1
10.
(slang) off one's rocker, crazy; demented

rock1

/rɒk/
noun
1.
(geology) any aggregate of minerals that makes up part of the earth's crust. It may be unconsolidated, such as a sand, clay, or mud, or consolidated, such as granite, limestone, or coal See also igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic
2.
any hard mass of consolidated mineral matter, such as a boulder
3.
(mainly US & Canadian, Austral) a stone
4.
a person or thing suggesting a rock, esp in being dependable, unchanging, or providing firm foundation
5.
(Brit) a hard sweet, typically a long brightly-coloured peppermint-flavoured stick, sold esp in holiday resorts
6.
(slang) a jewel, esp a diamond
7.
short for rock salmon
8.
(pl) (slang) the testicles
9.
(slang) another name for crack (sense 29)
10.
between a rock and a hard place, having to choose between two equally unpleasant alternatives
11.
on the rocks
  1. in a state of ruin or destitution
  2. (of drinks, esp whisky) served with ice
Word Origin
C14: from Old French roche, of unknown origin

rock2

/rɒk/
verb
1.
to move or cause to move from side to side or backwards and forwards
2.
to reel or sway or cause (someone) to reel or sway, as with a violent shock or emotion
3.
(transitive) to shake or move (something) violently
4.
(intransitive) to dance in the rock-and-roll style
5.
(mining) to wash (ore) or (of ore) to be washed in a cradle
6.
(transitive) to roughen (a copper plate) with a rocker before engraving a mezzotint
7.
(transitive) (slang, mainly US) to impress by wearing (an item of clothing) or playing (a musical instrument): She can still rock a miniskirt, He rocks a guitar like nobody’s business
8.
(informal) rock the boat, to create a disturbance in the existing situation
noun
9.
a rocking motion
10.
short for rock and roll
11.
Also called rock music. any of various styles of pop music having a heavy beat, derived from rock and roll
See also rock up
Word Origin
Old English roccian; related to Middle Dutch, Old High German rocken, German rücken

Rock

/rɒk/
noun the Rock
1.
an informal name for Gibraltar
2.
a Canadian informal name for Newfoundland
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Word Origin and History for rocker
n.

"a rocking chair," 1852, American English, from rock (v.1); earlier "nurse charged with rocking a cradle" (early 14c.). In sense of "one of the curved pieces of wood that makes a chair or cradle rock" it dates from 1787. Slang off (one's) rocker "crazy" first recorded 1897. Meaning "one who enjoys rock music" (as opposed to mod (n.1)) is recorded from 1963, from rock (v.2).

rock

n.

"stone, mass of mineral matter," c.1300, from Old English rocc (e.g. stanrocc "stone rock or obelisk") and directly from Old North French roque, which is cognate with Medieval Latin rocca (8c.), from Vulgar Latin *rocca, of uncertain origin, according to Klein sometimes said to be from Celtic (cf. Breton roch).

In Middle English it seems to have been used principally for rock formations as opposed to individual stones. Meaning "precious stone, especially a diamond," is 1908, U.S. slang. Meaning "crystallized cocaine" is attested from 1973, in West Coast U.S. slang. Figurative use for "sure foundation" (especially with reference to Christ) is from 1520s; but also from 1520s as "source of danger or destruction," in reference to shipwrecks (e.g. on the rocks). Also used attributively in names of animals that frequent rocky habitats, e.g. rock lobster (1843). Between a rock and a hard place first attested 1921:

to be between a rock and a hard place, vb. ph. To be bankrupt. Common in Arizona in recent panics; sporadic in California. ["Dialect Notes," vol. V, part iv, 1921]
Rock-ribbed is from 1776, originally of land; figurative sense of "resolute" first recorded 1887. Rock-happy (1945) was U.S. Pacific Theater armed forces slang for "mentally unhinged after too much time on one island." The rock-scissors-paper game is attested by that name from 1976; from 1968 as paper-stone-scissors. A 1967 source says it is based on Japanese Jan Ken Pon (or Janken for short), which is said to mean the same thing more or less.

"action of rocking; a movement to and fro," 1823, from rock (v.1). As short for rock and roll, by 1957; but sense of "musical rhythm characterized by a strong beat" is from 1946, in blues slang. Rock star attested by 1966.

v.

"to sway," late Old English roccian "move a child gently to and fro," related to Old Norse rykkja "to pull, tear, move," Swedish rycka "to pull, pluck," Middle Dutch rucken, Old High German rucchan, German rücken "to move jerkily."

Meaning "cause to sway back and forth" is from late 13c. Intransitive sense from late 14c. For popular music senses, see rock (v.2). Related: Rocked; rocking. To rock the boat in the figurative sense "stir up trouble" is from 1914. Rock-a-bye first recorded 1805 in nursery rhyme.

"to dance to popular music with a strong beat," 1948 (first attested in song title "We're gonna rock"), from rock (v.1), in earlier blues slang sense of "to cause to move with musical rhythm" (1922); often used at first with sexual overtones (cf. 1922 song title "My Man Rocks Me (with One Steady Roll)"). Sense developed early 1950s to "play or dance to rock and roll music." Related: Rocked; rocking. Rocksteady, Jamaican pop music style (precursor of reggae), is attested from 1969.

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rocker in Medicine

Rock (rŏk), John. 1890-1984.

American gynecologist and obstetrician who helped develop (1954) the first effective oral contraceptive.

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rocker in Science
rock
  (rŏk)   
  1. A relatively hard, naturally occurring mineral material. Rock can consist of a single mineral or of several minerals that are either tightly compacted or held together by a cementlike mineral matrix. The three main types of rock are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.

  2. A piece of such material; a stone.


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Slang definitions & phrases for rocker

rocker 1

noun
  1. A rock-and-roll musician, singer, radio station, etc: general manager of rhythm-and-blues rocker WOL in Washington, dc
  2. A rock-and-roll song: classic country rockers, sometimes with an old-timey flavor (1950s+)
Related Terms

punk rocker, teenybopper


rocker 2

Related Terms

off one's noodle


rock

noun
  1. A dollar; buck: I want to see you make twenty rocks (1840+)
  2. Any precious stone, esp a diamond (1908+ Underworld)
  3. A rock-and-roll devotee: teenagers called ''rocks'' (1950s+)
  4. Rock-and-roll music: hard rock (1950s+)
  5. A small cube of very pure cocaine, intended for smoking rather than inhalation: Dealers sell pellet-size ''rocks'' in small plastic vials (1980s+ Narcotics)
  6. A cellblock: When is the wagon due back on this rock, Pops? (1970s+ Prison)
  7. A basketball (1980s+ Basketball)
verb
  1. To do the sex act with or to; screw, ride: My man rocks me with one steady roll (1900+)
  2. To move, dance, writhe, etc, to rock-and-roll music; boogie, bop: Soon just one couple was rocking in the middle of the floor (1950s+)
  3. To be resonant with and physically responsive to rockand-roll music; jump: Soon the whole room was rocking (1950s+)
Related Terms

acid rock, glitter rock, hard rock, hot rock, punk rock, rim-rock


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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rocker in the Bible

(Heb. tsur), employed as a symbol of God in the Old Testament (1 Sam. 2:2; 2 Sam. 22:3; Isa. 17:10; Ps. 28:1; 31:2,3; 89:26; 95:1); also in the New Testament (Matt. 16:18; Rom. 9:33; 1 Cor. 10:4). In Dan. 2:45 the Chaldaic form of the Hebrew word is translated "mountain." It ought to be translated "rock," as in Hab. 1:12 in the Revised Version. The "rock" from which the stone is cut there signifies the divine origin of Christ. (See STONE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with rocker
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