• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rocky full of hardship or trials "the rocky road to success","they were having a rough time"
    • adj rocky abounding in rocks or stones "rocky fields","stony ground","bouldery beaches"
    • adj rocky causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements "a rough ride"
    • adj rocky liable to rock "on high rocky heels"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher mountains from Alaska south to California. Group in American Museum of Natural History ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher...
ROADS THROUGH THE ASPENS Range: Northern United States and Canada, south in the Rocky Mountains to Mexico. Photograph by Albert E. Butler ROADS THROUGH THE ASPENS Range: Northern United States and Canada, south in the Rocky Mountains to Mexico. Photograph...
wolfhound standing on rocky ledge wolfhound standing on rocky ledge
A group of Rocky Mountain sheep A group of Rocky Mountain sheep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by ticks
    • Rocky Fig.: Not easily impressed or affected; hard; unfeeling; obdurate; as, a rocky bosom.
    • Rocky Full of, or abounding in, rocks; consisting of rocks; as, a rocky mountain; a rocky shore.
    • Rocky Like a rock; as, the rocky orb of a shield.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The cartoon character Popeye was actually based on a real person named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel who was a tough guy who was quite similar to Popeye physically
    • rocky Full of rocks; abounding in rocks: as, a rocky mountain.
    • rocky Consisting of rock or rocks.
    • rocky Resembling a rock; hence, hard; stony; obdurate; insusceptible of impression; hard as a rock: as, a rocky bosom.
    • rocky Disposed to rock or reel; hence, giddy; tipsy; dizzy.
    • rocky In a shaky, precarious condition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In July 1874, a swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts flew over Nebraska covering an area estimated at 198,600 square miles. It is estimated that the swarm contained about 12.5 trillion insects. These insects became extinct thirty years later
    • adj Rocky full of rocks: resembling a rock: hard: unfeeling
    • adj Rocky disposed to rock: tipsy
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Rocky road - If someone is going down a rocky road, they have problems and difficulties to deal with.


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


In literature:

Rocky headlines, behind which mountain foothills rose in serrated, verdurous ranks.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
It is rocky or muddy or both.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The rocky arms of the island closed in on them.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
He knew they were at the border of the rough, rocky section now.
"The Outdoor Chums at Cabin Point" by Quincy Allen
Only in rare seasons did the herds assemble on the rocky islets of Kamchatka and Japan.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
Greatly elated over his discovery, Pike went scrambling down the rocky hillside in the direction of camp.
"Sunset Pass" by Charles King
Were these the rocky islands famous for birds in the St. Lawrence?
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Now I'll wait until we are on our way back from Rocky Ranch.
"The Moving Picture Girls at Rocky Ranch" by Laura Lee Hope
Opposite was a rocky, wooded point.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
The country up here grew open and rocky, and at last we lost the trail altogether.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Then, in the darkness, stealthily they creep, And silently approach the rocky steep.
"The Song of the Exile--A Canadian Epic" by Wilfred S. Skeats
He and his company were old pioneers among the Rocky Mountains, whom the thirst of gold had transformed into merchants.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
He was then to return the first thing in the morning, and would find the party camped at the rocky height beyond.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Proceeding through a green and rocky glen, between high hills, with a running stream, the weather was exceedingly hot.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
It is rocky and arid, with hardly any vegetation.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It will not stop until, at some far distant time, a broad valley has been worn out of the rocky strata.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
The area was semi-arid, the soil rocky and alkaline.
"When the Owl Cries" by Paul Bartlett
Turning northeast, our road passes ~Rocky Point~ at their base.
"Guide to Yosemite" by Ansel Hall
As they are washed along the rocky bed of the stream they slowly rasp and wear it deeper.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
Next, the towering ridges of Cerros Isles are passed, and the bold, rocky shores of the peninsula are in continual view.
"History of the State of California" by John T. Frost

In poetry:

It was a place all desolate,
Nor house nor tree was there,
And there a rocky mountain rose
Barren, and bleak, and bare.
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
Beneath a hill, whose rocky side
O'erbrowed a grassy mead,
And fenced a cottage from the wind,
A deer was wont to feed.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
Ply, Vanity, thy winged feet!
Ambition, hew thy rocky stair!
Who envies him who feeds on air
The icy splendor of his seat?
"To James T. Fields" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For in the rocky strait beneath,
Lay Suliote sire and son;
They had heap'd high the piles of death
Before the pass was won.
"The Suliote Mother" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
In Pyrrha's rear (so poets sang
In ages past and gone),
The world from rocky fragments sprang—
Mankind from lifeless stone.
"The Triumph Of Love" by Friedrich von Schiller
Sometime I'd like to go away,
Far over the Rocky Mountains;
Where the rainbows dance on silvery rays,
Of California's fountain.
"The Trip I Would Like to Take" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

After headlining the Asbury Park concert, which also featured sets by My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World and A$AP Rocky, Dave Grohl and Co. Helicoptered to Manhattan where the band jammed with Mick Jagger.
The Tourists, Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, will allow fans to deliver the first official ball at each home game via zipline.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rocky.
Oil lurks underneath a rocky moonscape at Italy's southern edge.
Wilin Rosario looks like a Colorado Rockies keeper with his.471 batting average .
How do you tell the greatest hitter in Rockies history his time is up as an everyday player.
The Rockies recalled outfielder Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday to take Gonzalez's spot on the active roster.
Watches while her mother Darcy Downing talks about her recovery from Bubonic Plague at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St.
Like a climber on a rocky mountain summit, consumer confidence has trekked up and slid down this year on its way to reaching a 30-year high in February, according to polling by the Conference Board, based in New York.
It's important to raise 4-year-old Rocky the right way.
Tucker Rocky released its first Firstgear catalog since the Fort Worth, Texas, distributor purchased the brand in 2005.
The Arizona Diamondbacks lost to the Colorado Rockies 2-1 to finish the season at 81-81.
Colorado Rockies' Jeff Francis throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012, in Phoenix.
Pollock, right, celebrates his home run with teammate Aaron Hill, left, as Colorado Rockies' Wilin Rosario looks on during the third inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012, in Phoenix.
PHOENIX—The Arizona Diamondbacks lost to the Colorado Rockies 2-1 to finish the season at 81-81.

In science:

Based on these data, it is increasingly clear that the accreted material has a composition similar to that of rocky, terrestrial material of the Solar System.
Constraints on the Lifetimes of Disks Resulting from Tidally Destroyed Rocky Planetary Bodies
McClanahan, K -theory and Ext-theory for rectangular unitary C ∗ -algebras, Rocky Mountain J.
Purely infinite simple reduced C*-algebras of one-relator separated graphs
For these extremes cases, a small n1 = 0.01 is more suitable to model the incompressible behavior of a rocky core.
On the Survivability and Metamorphism of Tidally Disrupted Giant Planets: the Role of Dense Cores
Edmunds, Remarks on generalized trigonometric functions, Rocky Mountain J.
Geometric convexity of the generalized sine and the generalized hyperbolic sine
Kac M., A Stochastic Model Related to the Telegrapher’s Equation, Rocky Mount. J.
Remarks on random evolutions in Hamiltonian representation
Kennedy, Kenyon & Bromley (2006) points out that the snowline – that separates rocky and icy planetesimals – moves inward throughout the pre–main sequence evolution of the low–mass star, which effect will even further enhance the frequency of close–in super–Earths.
Disks around Brown Dwarfs and Cool Stars
At least some exoplanets resemble our giants in having significant rocky cores, for instance HD 149026b, whose radius and density come from a transit (Charbonneau et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Gover Thomas’s structure bund le for conformal, projective and related structures Rocky Mountain J.
The decomposition of Global Conformal Invariants I: On a conjecture of Deser and Schwimmer
Dur´an, A. J., Matrix inner product having a matrix symmetric second order differential operator, Rocky Mountain J.
Second order differential operators having several families of orthogonal matrix polynomials as eigenfunctions
At that distance the icy particles initially form a rocky core of several earth masses, which subsequently accretes gas to form a giant planet.
Observational Evidence for Tidal Interaction in Close Binary Systems
Gover Thomas’s structure bund le for conformal, projective and related structures Rocky Mountain J.
The decomposition of global conformal invariants VI: The proof of the proposition on local Riemannian invariants
Pellegrino, On the multilinear generalizations of the concept of absolutely summing operators, Rocky Mount. J.
Some remarks on absolutely summing multilinear operators
Th e very low hydrogen abundance in SDSS J0845+2257, H/He ≤ 3 × 10−5 , implies that the circumstellar material is dramatically depleted in volatile elements with respect to solar abundances, corroborating the “rocky asteroid ” origin of the debris dis k.
Gaseous Debris Disks around White Dwarfs
The situation described here can be pictured as the flow of water over a rocky waterfall that slows the motion of the water as it descends.
Charged Particle Motion in a Plasma: Electron-Ion Energy Partition
Levenberg, Polynomial interpolation of holomorphic functions in C and Cn , Rocky Mountain J.
Polynomial Interpolation and Approximation in C^d