rocker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rocker a curved support that permits the supported object to rock to and fro
    • n rocker an ice skate with a curved blade
    • n rocker a trough that can be rocked back and forth; used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold
    • n rocker a chair mounted on rockers
    • n rocker a teenager or young adult in the 1960s who wore leather jackets and rode motorcycles
    • n rocker a performer or composer or fan of rock music
    • n rocker an attendant who rocks a child in a cradle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rocker A chair mounted on rockers; a rocking-chair.
    • Rocker A play horse on rockers; a rocking-horse.
    • Rocker A skate with a curved blade, somewhat resembling in shape the rocker of a cradle.
    • Rocker Any implement or machine working with a rocking motion, as a trough mounted on rockers for separating gold dust from gravel, etc., by agitation in water.
    • Rocker One of the curving pieces of wood or metal on which a cradle, chair, etc., rocks.
    • Rocker One who rocks; specifically, one who rocks a cradle. "It was I, sir, said the rocker , who had the honor, some thirty years since, to attend on your highness in your infancy."
    • Rocker (Mach) Same as Rock shaft.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rocker The rock-dove, Columba livia. Montagu. Also rockier, rock.
    • n rocker One who or that which rocks. Specifically— One who rocks a cradle.
    • n rocker The curved piece of wood on which a cradle or rocking-chair rocks.
    • n rocker A rocking-horse.
    • n rocker A rocking-chair.
    • n rocker In engraving, same as cradle, 4 .
    • n rocker A rocker-shaft.
    • n rocker In mining, same as cradle 4 .
    • n rocker In an electric-lamp regulator, a lever, pivoted in the middle, carrying at its extremities the armatures of two electromagnets, by the alternate attraction of which the carbon rods are made to separate or to approach each other.
    • n rocker A boat or yacht having a rocker keel.
    • n rocker A skate in which the bottom of the runner is not straight, but is convex from toe to heel.
    • n rocker A vessel for freezing chemical mixtures, essentially a freezer mounted on rockers.
    • n rocker In a railway gravel tip-car, a curved iron casting which supports the car-body, and on which the body rocks when the load is dumped.
    • n rocker One of two beams used in the body-frame of a carriage to support the floor-boards. See cut under barouche.
    • n rocker In pianoforte-making, the piece screwed to a key-tail to which the action-extension is fastened.
    • n rocker A tanning-vat in which the hides are rocked at intervals to facilitate tanning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rocker the rock-dove
    • ns Rocker the curved support on which a cradle or rocking-chair rocks: a rocking-horse or chair: a mining cradle
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Quotations

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    “I'm saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am.”

Idioms

Off your rocker - (UK) Someone who is off their rocker is crazy.
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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:

Colonel Bradner shoved a cane rocker toward him, and sank down on a lounge.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
Their rockers creaked in complete sympathy.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
Ernestine was sitting up in the big rocker, in a lovely white wrapper, and a little fancy scarlet sacque.
"Six Girls" by Fannie Belle Irving
Nancy sat knitting by the cradle, with one foot on the rocker.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Here Andrew Malden lived; by that lounge he became a changed man; from that old rocker he went home to God.
"The Transformation of Job" by Frederick Vining Fisher
Arthur jumped on the rockers, and rocked me to stop my talking.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Mrs. Lewis, a slim, fine-featured woman, rose from her rocker as the girls entered.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
Kitty Lampton was there, balancing herself dangerously with two cushions on the arm of a big rocker.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Nay, Mrs. Simpson sat before me in the opposite rocker.
"How to Cook Husbands" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
Aunt Sukey would resume her seat in the rocker.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Suiting the action to the words, he put his barrel-stave rocker on the embers.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Then I locates the other pair, drags a rocker over near 'em, and tries to make the dialogue three handed.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Jennie Stone suddenly sat upright in the rocker she was occupying, but continued to glare at the ceiling.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
Across the room the still figure of a woman sat in a rocker.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
Later, Rosalind went out, alone, upon the porch where, huddled in a big rocker, she gazed gloomily at the lights of Manti, dim and distant.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Phyl, instead of going to her room, took her seat in the rocker and looked around her.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
I sat down in my rocker to consider.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Once in his room, Shelby sank into a patent rocker of most uncomfortable plush.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Wrong setting of the brush rocker arm.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
She sat on in the rocker until the striking of a large clock somewhere in the neighborhood aroused her.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
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In poetry:

Do you want to peep into Bedlam Town?
Then come with me, when the day swings down,
Into the cradle, whose rockers rim,
Some people call the horizon dim.
"Bedlam Town" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Her blowing winds but keep the rockers swinging,
And deepen slumber in the shut blue eyes,
And the shrill cadences of her high singing
Are to the babe but wonted lullabies.
"By The Cradle" by Susan Coolidge
No more by the rhythm of slow-moving rocker,
Their sweet dreamy fancies are fostered and fed;
No more to low singing the cradle goes swinging—
The child of this era is put into bed.
"The Old Wooden Cradle" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There the ways of things are very absurd;
For a bobolink, or a yellow bird,
Comes of its own accord, and sits
On every knitting-needle that knits,
And pipes and sings,
As the rocker swings.
"The Three Little Kittens" by Clara Doty Bates
With them 'tis hurry-scurry and play,
Or sleep in a round coil half the day;
While, creakety-creak, the rockers go,
And the mittens grow, and grow, and grow,
So shapely and fast--
They are done at last!
"The Three Little Kittens" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Preview the debut album by the New York City rocker.
The post-rockers' deliver their first LP in a decade, the four song, 53-minute 'Allelujah.
Slow-burning rockers Plants and Animals come to the Varsity this week.
His big beat kicks down the velvet-rope exclusivity of drum-and-bass or two-step garage to welcome everyone, rockers and funkers included.
Finally, an update: The call sign of rocker and former ham Gene Pitney is still unknown.
Shoreline Food Fest is an Odd Assemblage of TV Stars, Local Chefs, and Aging Rockers.
Rocker Jay Geils' passions for cars, music handed down from his dad.
New Jersey rockers launch new LP with earnest live show, fan singalongs.
New Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem frequently gets tagged with comparisons to the Garden State's most notable son, Bruce Springsteen.
Some of the greatest female rockers alive are coming to Harpo for a true Oprah-palooza.
Rocker keeps it real after Del Rey covers the Nirvana track.
This information comes from English songwriter Ed Sheeran, who says he will be accompanying the legendary rocker or rockers at the big event.
Carly Rae's Rocker Style for "This Kiss".
It's hard to age gracefully in the public eye, and punk rockers have it rougher than most.
THE most likely place to run into Dee Snider, the spooky shock-rocker and front man of the 1980's heavy metal band Twisted Sister, is at Dunkin Donuts, Home Depot or possibly the Smith Haven Mall, his four children in tow.
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In science:

Fromherz, C. R¨ocker, D. R¨upper, Faraday Discuss.
Amphiphilic Membranes
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