• WordNet 3.6
    • v skyrocket shoot up abruptly, like a rocket "prices skyrocketed"
    • n skyrocket sends a firework display high into the sky
    • n skyrocket propels bright light high in the sky, or used to propel a lifesaving line or harpoon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Singer Alice Cooper once had a live chicken thrown at him during a concert in Toronto. He threw the chicken back at the crowd and all the publicity surrounding the incident skyrocketed his singing career
    • n skyrocket skī"rŏk`ĕt A rocket that ascends high and burns as it flies; a species of fireworks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skyrocket A rocket that ascends high and burns as it flies: a species of firework.
    • skyrocket To move like a sky-rocket; rise suddenly, explode, and disappear: literally or figuratively.
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In literature:

The stock was going up like a skyrocket: a week ago you could have bought it for nineteen.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
They burst a skyrocket of windows into the night.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
But the boys did not stop to think that Skyrocket was not as heavy as either of them.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis
Each tone sent forth its accompanying group like sparks from a skyrocket.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
And I must not forget Skyrocket, a dog, nor Turnover, a cat.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
This abortive attempt to make a skyrocket out of Lindsley's cabin wrought only good to Emilia at first.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
She gave me a note and then started off like a skyrocket, but I'm some spry myself and I caught her and held her till I'd read the note.
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Ports blazed with lamps, and skyrockets whizzed into the ether.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
I went sailin' up in the air like one of these here skyrockets, I did, and when I come down I lit head first.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
The skyrocket was only the beginning of a fine display of fireworks.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
A skyrocket sent up from some point in the town was the signal to mount and move.
"Ku Klux Klan" by J. C. Lester
The goat, who was used to the gentle barking of Skyrocket, did not like this strange, savage dog, which seemed ready to bite him.
"The Curlytops Snowed In" by Howard R. Garis
It was a skyrocket enterprise.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson
Then he bought a little while ago, and now the pine skyrockets.
"The Garden of Eden" by Max Brand
A letter from home was worth many skyrockets or three-legged races to us.
"Battery E in France" by Frederic R. Kilner
You needn't go off like a blessed skyrocket, my lad.
"The Riddle of the Night" by Thomas W. Hanshew
It doesn't seem right that I, plain Martha Farnum, should be rushed upward like a skyrocket.
"A Star for a Night" by Elsie Janis
People easily endured Dr. Salmoni's hate; his quips sputtered in the air harmless as skyrockets; nobody believed his imputations.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
She departed from us with her son like a skyrocket.
"The Sign of Flame" by E. Werner
A skyrocket ascended in Hatch's mind and burst, illuminating the whole tangled story.
"The Chase of the Golden Plate" by Jacques Futrelle

In poetry:

How the folks looked askance
At the seats of our pants,
When those giant skyrockets
Went off in our pockets!
Gee whiz!
What fun the Fourth is!
"The Glorious Fourth And Its Memories" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

How to contain the skyrocketing cost of special education in NYC.
Diller's career as a stand-up comic skyrocketed in the 1960s.
Skyrocketing gas prices have taken a toll on the family budget.
During the winter, roadside assistance calls skyrocket as wintry weather leads to spin outs and breakdowns.
Prescription Drug Deaths Skyrocket.
Tobacco already kills 5.4 million people a year, and the number of smokers is likely to skyrocket as the vice catches on in developing countries.
These kind of endorsements have been known to make business skyrocket.
Obesity Rates Projected to Skyrocket.
Property taxes are skyrocketing in Nassau County due to bills.
Under this prop , that fee would skyrocket to a whopping $700 every two years.
But even though wholesale food costs have skyrocketed over the past year, the current news isn't all dismal at the center of the plate.
We didn't think it was possible for our love of the actress to get any bigger, but incredibly enough, it has skyrocketed.
Growth in the Seymour area has skyrocketed in the past five years.
The Japanese government has decided to intervene in the currency markets in an effort to rein in its skyrocketing yen.
Is it because they care about 8 percent unemployment, a skyrocketing debt or a $5,000 reduction in wages.

In science:

LHM has been skyrocketing in the midst of much debate.
About negative refraction and left handed materials
Introduction As Internet services, such as search and social networking, become more widespread in recent years, the energy consumption of data centers has been skyrocketing.
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
After that, without any solid economic justification, Zynga skyrocketed to a maximum of 14.55 USD/share corresponding to a 10.2 billion USD valuation on February 14th .
When games meet reality: is Zynga overvalued?
As already mentioned, the detection of extragalactic sources, that is Active Galactic Nuclei (AGNs), skyrocketed from 4% to 35%.
Revealing the nature of unidentified INTEGRAL sources through optical spectroscopy: an overview