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rocket1

[rok-it] /ˈrɒk ɪt/
noun
1.
any of various simple or complex tubelike devices containing combustibles that on being ignited liberate gases whose action propels the tube through the air: used for pyrotechnic effect, signaling, carrying a lifeline, hurling explosives at an enemy, putting a space vehicle into orbit, etc.
2.
a space capsule or vehicle put into orbit by such devices.
verb (used with object)
4.
to move or transport by means of a rocket.
5.
to attack with rockets.
verb (used without object)
6.
to move like a rocket.
7.
(of game birds) to fly straight up rapidly when flushed.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Italian rocchetta, diminutive of rocca distaff (with reference to its shape) < Gothic *rukka
Related forms
rocketlike, adjective

rocket2

[rok-it] /ˈrɒk ɪt/
noun
1.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Hesperis, of the mustard family, and related genera.
Compare dame's rocket.
2.
Also called rocket salad, roquette. the arugula plant, used in salads.
3.
a noxious weed, Barbarea vulgaris, of the U.S., having lobed leaves and clusters of small, yellow flowers.
Origin
1520-30; < French roquette < Italian ruchettaLatin ērūca kind of herb

Richard

[ri-shahrd; French ree-shar] /rɪˈʃɑrd; French riˈʃar/
noun
1.
Maurice [maw-rees;; French moh-rees] /mɔˈris;; French moʊˈris/ (Show IPA), ("Rocket") 1921–2000, Canadian hockey player.
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Examples from the web for rocket
  • Good teaching does not require knowledge of rocket science.
  • Untold thousands have been wounded by rocket attacks, car bombs, and street fighting.
  • He was trying to fire a rocket-propelled grenade from a shoulder mount, but it kept slipping off his shoulder.
  • The audience applauded, laughed at the moment when the rocket struck the eye of the moon.
  • For a moment, it seemed as if the noise were coming from there-as if the building were about to lift off and rocket elsewhere.
  • People live in the hulls of abandoned rocket ships believing they are the towers of ruined castles.
  • And there it is: a one-second shot of hamburgers, instantly grilled by the blast of rocket flare.
  • Its privately developed rocket has made it into space.
  • When finished, it will be powered by a jet engine bolted to a rocket.
  • Moments later, bullets tore into the bridge, and vapor trails from rocket-propelled grenades streaked across the bow: pirates.
British Dictionary definitions for rocket

rocket1

/ˈrɒkɪt/
noun
1.
a self-propelling device, esp a cylinder containing a mixture of solid explosives, used as a firework, distress signal, line carrier, etc
2.
  1. any vehicle propelled by a rocket engine, esp one used to carry a warhead, spacecraft, etc
  2. (as modifier): rocket propulsion, rocket launcher
3.
(Brit & NZ, informal) a severe reprimand (esp in the phrase get a rocket)
verb -ets, -eting, -eted
4.
(transitive) to propel (a missile, spacecraft, etc) by means of a rocket
5.
(intransitive; foll by off, away, etc) to move off at high speed
6.
(intransitive) to rise rapidly: he rocketed to the top
Word Origin
C17: from Old French roquette, from Italian rochetto a little distaff, from rocca distaff, of Germanic origin

rocket2

/ˈrɒkɪt/
noun
1.
Also called arugula. a Mediterranean plant, Eruca sativa, having yellowish-white flowers and leaves used as a salad: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
2.
any of several plants of the related genus Sisymbrium, esp S. irio (London rocket), which grow on waste ground and have pale yellow flowers
3.
yellow rocket, any of several yellow-flowered plants of the related genus Barbarea, esp B. vulgaris
4.
sea rocket, any of several plants of the related genus Cakile, esp C. maritima, which grow along the seashores of Europe and North America and have mauve, pink, or white flowers
5.
dame's rocket, another name for dame's violet
Word Origin
C16: from French roquette, from Italian rochetta, from Latin ērūca a caterpillar, hairy plant

Richard

/ˈrɪtʃəd/
noun
1.
Sir Cliff, real name Harry Rodger Webb. born 1940, British pop singer. Film musicals include The Young Ones (1961) and Summer Holiday (1962)
2.
Maurice, known as Rocket. (1921–2000); Canadian ice hockey player
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Word Origin and History for rocket
n.

garden plant of the cabbage family, c.1500, from Middle French roquette (16c.), from Italian rochetta, diminutive of ruca "a kind of cabbage," from Latin eruca "colewort," perhaps so called for its downy stems and related to ericus "hedgehog," also "a beam set with spikes," from PIE *ghers- "to bristle" (see horror).

type of self-propelling projectile, 1610s, from Italian rocchetto "a rocket," literally "a bobbin," diminutive of rocca "a distaff," so called because of cylindrical shape. The Italian word probably is from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German rocko "distaff," Old Norse rokkr), from Proto-Germanic *rukkon-, from PIE root *rug- "fabric, spun yarn."

Originally "fireworks rocket," meaning "device propelled by a rocket engine" first recorded 1919; rocket-ship in the modern sense first attested February 1927 ("Popular Science"); earlier as a type of naval warship firing projectiles. Rocket science in the figurative sense of "difficult, complex process or topic" is attested by 1985. Rocket scientist is from 1952.

That such a feat is considered within the range of possibility is evidenced by the activities of scientists in Europe as well as in America. Two of them, Prof. Herman Oberth and Dr. Franz Hoeff, of Vienna, are constructing a five-ton rocket ship in which they hope to reach the moon in two days. ["Popular Science," Feb. 1927]

v.

"to spring like a rocket," 1860, from rocket (n.2). Earlier "to attack with rockets" (1799). Related: Rocketed; rocketing.

Richard

masc. proper name, Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard, from Old High German Ricohard "strong in rule," from Proto-Germanic *rik- "ruler" (see rich) + *harthu "hard," from PIE *kar-o- (see hard). "One of the most popular names introduced by the Normans. Usually Latinized as Ricardus, the common form was Ricard, whence the pet form Rick, etc." ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]

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rocket in Science
rocket
  (rŏk'ĭt)   
A vehicle or device propelled by one or more rocket engines, especially such a vehicle designed to travel through space.
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Slang definitions & phrases for rocket

rocket

noun

A complaint or rebuke; beef, ding •Chiefly British: You get a rocket from one of the parties (1941+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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