Definitions of rock

  1. To move backward and forward, as on a swinging base; sway; reel.
  2. 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.
  3. To move as in a cradle; hence, to put to sleep by rocking; to still; to quiet.
  4. To cause to move backward and forward; lull to sleep; cause to sway or reel.
  5. To move backward and forward: to lull to sleep.
  6. To move or be moved backward and forward; to be violently agitated; to reel; to totter.
  7. To roll or saway backward and forward upon a support; as, to rock in a rocking- chair.
  8. To move backward and forward; to sway or reel.
  9. To be moved backward and forward: to totter.
  10. cause to move back and forth; " rock the cradle"; " the wind swayed the trees gently"
  11. To move backward and forward; to lull to quiet.
  12. To move backward and forward, as in a cradle, a chair, & c.; to lull; to quiet; to be moved backward and forward.
  13. 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."
  14. 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"
  15. ( 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
  16. United States gynecologist and devout Catholic who conducted the first clinical trials of the oral contraceptive pill ( 1890- 1984)
  17. move back and forth or sideways; " the ship was rocking"; " the tall building swayed"; " She rocked back and forth on her feet"
  18. cause to move back and forth; " rock the cradle"; " rock the baby"; " the wind swayed the trees gently"
  19. See Roc.
  20. A distaff used in spinning; the staff or frame about which flax is arranged, and from which the thread is drawn in spinning.
  21. A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See Stone.
  22. Any natural deposit forming a part of the earth's crust, whether consolidated or not, including sand, earth, clay, etc., when in natural beds.
  23. That which resembles a rock in firmness; a defense; a support; a refuge.
  24. Fig.: Anything which causes a disaster or wreck resembling the wreck of a vessel upon a rock.
  25. The striped bass. See under Bass.
  26. A roc.
  27. A large mass of stone or of stony matter; any mineral matter; a bed or mass of one mineral; the striped bass; a movement backward and forward.
  28. Rocker.
  29. A large mass of stone: ( geol.) a natural deposit of sand, earth, or clay: that which has the firmness of a rock: ( B.) defence.
  30. Large mass of stone.
  31. To move from side to side, or backward and forward.
  32. Any large mass of stone.
  33. A large mass of stony matter, bedded in the earth or resting on it; any mineral deposit; a firm or immovable foundation; strong defence.
  34. A distaff used in spinning.
  35. A large mass of stone bedded in the earth's crust, or resting on its surface; figuratively, defence; protection; immovability; a hard stalk of sweetmeat.
  36. The staff or frame about which flax or wool is arranged, and from which the thread is drawn in spinning.
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