Rock - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɑːk|  American pronunciation of the word rock
Brit.  |rɒk|  British pronunciation of the word rock


- a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter(syn: stone)
- material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust(syn: stone)
- United States gynecologist and devout Catholic who conducted the first clinical trials of the oral contraceptive pill (1890-1984)
- (figurative) someone who is strong and stable and dependable
- hard bright-colored stick candy (typically flavored with peppermint)
- a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western(syn: rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll)
- pitching dangerously to one side (syn: careen, sway, tilt)


- move back and forth or sideways(syn: shake, sway)
- cause to move back and forth(syn: sway)


She gently rocked the baby to sleep.

He rocked back and forth while he stood waiting.

The boat rocked back and forth on the waves.

An earthquake rocked the town.

The building was rocked by an explosion.

The news of the murders rocked the town.

Their invention rocked the computer industry.

The band rocked the crowd.

A sudden hurricane blew out our lights and rocked our habitation.

The movement of the train was rocking me to sleep.

To build the tunnel, they had to cut through 500 feet of solid rock.

Most of the country is desert and bare rock.

Jack stood on a rock for a better view.

During the storm a ship had been driven onto the rocks (=a line of rocks under or next to the sea).

Komuro formed a rock band with some friends while in college.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rock
he/she/it: rocks
present participle: rocking
past tense: rocked
past participle: rocked
singular: rock
plural: rocks
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