• WordNet 3.6
    • v rocket propel with a rocket
    • v rocket shoot up abruptly, like a rocket "prices skyrocketed"
    • n rocket a jet engine containing its own propellant and driven by reaction propulsion
    • n rocket any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
    • n rocket sends a firework display high into the sky
    • n rocket propels bright light high in the sky, or used to propel a lifesaving line or harpoon
    • n rocket erect European annual often grown as a salad crop to be harvested when young and tender
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A rocket-like device can be traced back to Ancient Greece when a flying steam-powered pigeon was built out of wood.
    • Rocket A blunt lance head used in the joust.
    • n Rocket (Bot) A cruciferous plant (Eruca sativa) sometimes eaten in Europe as a salad.
    • Rocket An artificial firework consisting of a cylindrical case of paper or metal filled with a composition of combustible ingredients, as niter, charcoal, and sulphur, and fastened to a guiding stick. The rocket is projected through the air by the force arising from the expansion of the gases liberated by combustion of the composition. Rockets are used as projectiles for various purposes, for signals, and also for pyrotechnic display.
    • Rocket any flying device propelled by the reactive force of hot gases expelled in the direction opposite its motion. The fuel used to generate the expelled gases in rockets may be solid or liquid; rockets propelled by liquid fuels typically have a combustible fuel (such as hydrogen or kerosene) which is combined inside the rocket engine with an oxidizer, such as liquid oxygen. Single liquid fuels (called monopropellants) are also known. Since rocket engines do not depend on a surrounding fluid medium to generate their thrust, as do airplanes with propellers or jet engines, they may be used for propulsion in the vacuum of space.
    • v. i Rocket (Sporting) To rise straight up; said of birds; usually in the present participle or as an adjective. "An old cock pheasant came rocketing over me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Wisconsin, after 3:00 a.m., you have to send a rocket signal in the air after every mile you drive. Then wait a minute for a response.
    • n rocket A cylindrical tube of pasteboard or metal filled with a mixture of niter, sulphur, charcoal, etc., which, on being ignited at the base, propels the tube forward by the impact of the liberated gases against the atmosphere. Rockets are used for various purposes.
    • n rocket The lever by which a forge-bellows is inflated.
    • rocket To fly straight up rapidly when flushed, as a pheasant.
    • n rocket In old usage, the salad-plant Eruca sativa. See Eruca.
    • n rocket In modern usage, a plant of the genus Hesperis, chiefly H. matronalis, also called dame's-violet or -rocket, garden-rocket, or white rocket. This is a somewhat coarse standard garden plant with racemes of rather large flowers, which are fragrant after dark. They are naturally pinkish and single, but in cultivation have double varieties both white and purple. H. tristis is the night-scented rocket or stock.
    • n rocket One of various other plants, chiefly Cruciferæ. See phrases.
    • n rocket An obsolete or dialectal form of rochet.
    • n rocket A portion.
    • n rocket Same as water-rocket, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Robert Goddard a scientist and holder of 214 patents fired the first rocket using liquid propellant in 1926.
    • n Rocket rok′et a firework which is projected through the air, used for making signals in war, and for saving life at sea by conveying a line over a stranded vessel
    • v.i Rocket to fly straight up rapidly when flushed
    • n Rocket rok′et any one of several ornamental Old World herbs of the genus Hesperis, of the mustard family.
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  • Bernard Cooper
    Bernard Cooper
    “At the rate science proceeds, rockets and missiles will one day seem like buffalo -- slow, endangered grazers in the black pasture of outer space.”
  • Cindy Crawford
    Cindy Crawford
    “I don't think makeup is rocket science or a cure for cancer.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    “The guns and bombs, the rockets and the warships, all are symbols of human failure.”


Rocket science - If something is not rocket science, it is not very complicated or difficult to understand. This idiom is normally used in the negative.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. rocchetta, fr. rocca, a distaff, of German origin. Named from the resemblance in shape to a distaff. See Rock a distaff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. roquette—L. eruca, cole-wort.


In literature:

In other respects "The Rocket" was like Stephenson's other locomotives built ten or twelve years earlier.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
On their left bobbed an unmarked freighter of the old type with projecting rocket-tubes, apparently intact.
"The Sargasso of Space" by Edmond Hamilton
He goes off like a rocket.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
It was equipped with six rocket motors, four discharging to the bow and two to the stern.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
Thad's mass of metal swung on past the ship, as he returned to the rocket and stopped its clattering explosions.
"Salvage in Space" by John Stewart Williamson
We rocketed out of the asteroid's shadow.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
He was, as a matter of fact, cautiously parting some bushes to peer past a mountain-flank at the red rocket-ship.
"Invasion" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He thought about his son and his rocket ship models, his star charts, his maps.
"Cost of Living" by Robert Sheckley
It cracked and gave, and he shot from the saddle like a new-fired rocket.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
A patrol rocket was assigned, given orders, and put under General O'Donnell's command.
"The Leech" by Phillips Barbee

In poetry:

The eternal suns and systems,
Solid and silent all,
To me are stars of an instant,
Only the fires that fall
From God's good rocket, rising
On this night of carnival.
"A Novelty" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Beyond the waves, my son, the siren calls,
The sky is black and Fastnet lies abreast;
A signal rocket flings its stars and falls
Across the night to welcome England's guest.
"To My Son" by Anonymous Americas
For them the festal cannon boom in vain,
And joy-bells ring their peal from sea to sea,
And mimic rockets blaze through midnight skies,
And banners flaunt from hall, and tower, and tree.
"Night Scene At The Fall of Sebastopol" by Janet Hamilton
Nay, Son of Man, I have been lifted up.
To Thee I rose like a rocket ending in mid-heaven.
But even Thou, Son of Man, canst not quaff out the dregs
of terrestrial manhood!
They fall back from Thee.
"St. Matthew" by D H Lawrence
That was a Titan's race;
The answering rockets snaked it down the coast,
Dying like scarlet worms
Among the fog-wreaths; but we gained,
And when her flaming cannon stabbed the mist
They thundered at our ghost.
"The Blockade Runner" by William Hervey Allen Jr
This last and best and goal: we dead
Hold it so tight you are envious of us
And fear under sunk lids contempt.
Death-day greetings are the sweetest.
Let trumpets roar when a man dies
And rockets fly up, he has found his fortune.
"Suicide's Stone" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

Students and Maturo-Grasso, left, watch their rockets soar over Syracuse.
Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets.
Palm Beach Day Academy eighth-grader Addie Cramer was a winner in the Reach for the Stars National Rocket Competition.
Hamas to urge the group to stop its recent rocket attacks from Gaza, a.
View full size Supporters of Rick Santorum, Republican presidential hopeful, wait to meet the conservative candidate at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Orion would get off the ground atop the Space Launch System (SLS), the agency's huge new deep-space rocket.
The heavy-lift rocket's massive stage core will be built there, and the engines that will power the vehicle beyond low-Earth orbit and into deep space will be test-fired at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
The new heavy-lift rocket will take humans far beyond Earth.
Houston Rockets Dance Coach and Choreographer Natalie Alvarado is glad to be back in the Houston area with her family.
The Oklahoma City Thunder traded guard James Harden to the Houston Rockets.
Houston Rockets' Samuel Dalembert dismayed by St Patrick's closing.
View full size Alan Maglaque/US Presswire The Houston Rockets' Samuel Dalembert dunks over the Nets' Shelden Williams tonight at the Prudential Center.
Dolby 's New 'Atmos' System Rockets Movie Sound to the Next Level.
Game ending double play secures 7-6 victory for Rockets.
For The First Time, Rocket Fired From Gaza Hits Jerusalem.

In science:

A physical photon rocket would be an extended massive ob ject emitting (in the WKB approximation) null fluid anisotropically.
Photon rockets and gravitational radiation
To simplify the discussion we assume that the photon rocket started (smoothly) its activity only at some finite time in the past, i.e. ε(s, nµ) = 0 for s ≤ s0 .
Photon rockets and gravitational radiation
Note that, in the exact, nonlinear framework of Einstein’s equations, it makes no sense to write down δ -like source terms, and therefore to say that the exact Kinnersley metric describes a point-like photon rocket.
Photon rockets and gravitational radiation
The same year, the extended X-ray emission from the Coma IC gas was detected, by Meekins et al.299 , with observations from an Aerobee 150 rocket, and, independently, by Gursky et al.201 , with the Uhuru satellite.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
The most precise standard redshift test to date was the Vessot-Levine rocket experiment that took place in June 1976 [130]. A hydrogen-maser clock was flown on a rocket to an altitude of about 10,000 km and its frequency compared to a similar clock on the ground.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment