Rocking

Definitions

  • the Triumphal Bas-reliefs of Kheops on The Rocks Of Wady Maghara
    the Triumphal Bas-reliefs of Kheops on The Rocks Of Wady Maghara
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Rocking Having a swaying, rolling, or back-and-forth movement; used for rocking.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Triumphal Bas-relief of Pharaoh SahÛrÛ, on The Rocks of Wady Magharah Triumphal Bas-relief of Pharaoh SahÛrÛ, on The Rocks of Wady Magharah
East Front of the Rock Temple of Elephanta East Front of the Rock Temple of Elephanta
The Rock Temple of Kailus at Ellora The Rock Temple of Kailus at Ellora
Rock Hill, Hambledon Rock Hill, Hambledon
The bear standing on a rock outcrop The bear standing on a rock outcrop
The Lorelei sits on a rock, combing her hair The Lorelei sits on a rock, combing her hair
Steps wind up between a rock wall and trees Steps wind up between a rock wall and trees
A large rock outcrop on a hilltop A large rock outcrop on a hilltop

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most common rock on Earth is basalt
    • n rocking The mass of stone or ballast laid to form the understratum of a road.
    • n rocking The act of one who or of that which rocks; the act of swaying backward and forward.
    • n rocking The abrading of the surface of a copper or steel plate with a rocker, preparatory to scraping a mezzotint.
    • n rocking The motion by which the design on a steel mill is transferred to a copper cylinder to be used in calico-printing. Compare mill, 7.
    • n rocking An evening party in the country: so called from the practice once prevalent among the women of taking their rocks (distaffs) with them and spinning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Benjamin Franklin invented the rocking chair.
    • n Rocking an evening party in the country
    • Rocking a swaying backward and forward: the abrading of a copper plate with a rocker, preparatory to mezzo-tinting: the motion by which the design on a steel mill is transferred to a copper cylinder
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Quotations

  • Saunders
    Saunders
    “Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.”
  • South African Proverb
    South African Proverb
    “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny.”
  • Wynn Catlin
    Wynn Catlin
    “Diplomacy is the art of saying Nice doggie! till you can find a rock.”
  • Frank Zappa
    Frank Zappa
    “Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read.”
  • George Herbert
    George%20Herbert
    “A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.”
  • Tipper Gore
    Tipper Gore
    “You're talking to someone who really understands rock music.”

Idioms

Between a rock and a hard place - If you are caught between a rock and a hard place, you are in a position where you have to choose between unpleasant alternatives, and your choice might cause you problems; you will not be able to satisfy everyone.
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Dumb as a rock - If you are dumb as a rock, you have no common sense and are stupid.
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Hand that rocks the cradle - Women have a great power and influence because they have the greatest influence over the development of children- the hand that rocks the cradle. ('The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world' is the full form.)
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Hit rock bottom - When someone hits rock bottom, they reach a point in life where things could not get any worse.
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On the rocks - If something, like a relationship, is on the rocks, it is in trouble and may come to an end.
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Rock the boat - If you rock the boat, you destabilise a situation by making trouble. It is often used as advice; 'Don't rock the boat'.
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You've got rocks in your head - (USA) Someone who has acted with a lack of intelligence has rocks in their head.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. roccian; cf. Dan. rokke, to rock, Ger. rücken, to pull.

Usage

In literature:

Is there a school at Culm Rock?
"Culm Rock" by Glance Gaylord
These rocks were a bower of delight to the sentimental girl.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
A rock was a rock, a river a river.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
I felt Anita shoving a rock at my hand, a chunk of rock the size of my head.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
But all about me there was a soft radiance, seeming to emanate from the rocks themselves.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
He dashed his clenched hand against the rock.
"The Little Savage" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Peterkin was sunning himself on the ledge of rock, while we were creeping among the rocks below.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
To-night you and I sleep over the top of the Rock, and Tehaa, who shoots well, will sleep with us if he can dare the Rock.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
At noon there arose a strong wind and the ship rocked to and fro.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
A flat rock topped the bluff above.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
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In poetry:

Veiled in gleam-blurs,
Starry locked,
Brooding o'er the dreamers
Dawnward rocked.
"Break Of Day" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Oh! a bare, brown rock
Stood up in the sea,
The waves at its feet
Dancing merrily.
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
Do you not fear,
O rocks and boulders,
To feel my laughter
On your broad shoulders?
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Dashing fiercely up,
With a scornful word,
Foolish Bubble broke;
But Rock never stirred.
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
At the dawn I seek Thee,
Rock and refuge tried,
In due service speak Thee
Morn and eventide.
"At The Dawn" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
For the boy was o'er the sea,
Whom she rocked upon her knee;
He had gone to Tripoli,
Tripoli!
"Tripoli" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Denice Givens, Joe Rock, Foster Child , Turnpike Joe, School of Rock.
In preparation for the 30th anniversary of the television series " Fraggle Rock," the Jim Henson Company has released a new range of special edition Fraggle Rock designs on CafePress.com.
10 No-Brainer Rock Legends Never Nominated For The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
A blend of beats with your favorite rock music 10pm to Mid, every Saturday right here on DC's Rock Station.
Weekends Call: 701-775-ROCK Facebook: Become a Friend He has long hair and likes to rock.
Kiley was the founder of the rock band Junior, and continues their great tradition of rock and pop with a sound like no other artist.
"Rock of Ages": Corporate Rock Still Sucks.
INTERVIEWS Chuck D, Chris Rock, John Mellencamp Will Induct Rock Hall's Class of 2012.
ROCK FALLS – Antonio "Tony" Leal , 58, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012, at his home.
Rock Band Blitz' features a 25-song set list pulling from both rock and pop genres.
Trey Tosh, an accomplished rock and blues artist, joined forces with Kyle Baker, who toured nationally and internationally with rock band Flight 409.
Rock news … and even a rock history lesson … for you today.
For music lovers looking for old time rock 'n' roll and classic rock, " Takin ' Back the Music" will be held Aug 25 at the J.J. Stamm Social Hall, Route 405.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne will perform 8 pm Saturday at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 777 W Cherokee St, Catoosa.
Driving the tension during Wednesday night's episode of 'Nashville' (Nov 14) was music from top country, rock and alt-rock singers.
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In science:

The effect of choosing other chemical compositions to represent the primordial gas, ice, and rock is discussed in Section 5.5.
Three Possible Origins for the Gas Layer on GJ 1214b
Fig. 3.— Ternary diagram for case I in which GJ 1214b retained a primordial H/He envelope, having formed from primordial gas, ice, and rock.
Three Possible Origins for the Gas Layer on GJ 1214b
The PMTs detect Cherenkov radiation resulting from the exceedingly rare encounters of neutrinos with ice or rock nuclei.
Astronomy in Antarctica
The neutron flux energy and angle measurements from the rock can be used to tune the Monte Carlo and demonstrate a clear understanding of this background in the Double Chooz neutrino oscillation analysis.
A Prototype Detector for Directional Measurement of the Cosmogenic Neutron Flux
However, the results will provide wider benefits as backgrounds from fast neutrons produced in rock are an issue for all low background experiments.
A Prototype Detector for Directional Measurement of the Cosmogenic Neutron Flux
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