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|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||roque, from Vulgar Latin rocca|
rock1 S2 W2
the hard substance that forms the main surface of the Earth [↪ stone]:
To build the tunnel, they had to cut through 500 feet of solid rock.
Most of the country is desert and bare rock.
massive rock formations (=shapes made naturally from rock)
ancient dark volcanic rock
a piece of rock, especially a large one that sticks up from the ground:
Jack stood on a rock for a better view.
During the storm a ship had been driven onto the rocks (=a line of rocks under or next to the sea).
a type of popular modern music with a strong loud beat, played using guitars and drums ➔ hard rock
music[uncountable] also rock musicAPM
Komuro formed a rock band with some friends while in college.
the late rock star, Freddie Mercury
The stadium has hosted numerous rock concerts.
; ➔ punk rockat punk (1)
very strongly built or well supported and not likely to break or fall:
a large sofa, solid as a rock
someone who is as solid or steady as a rock is very strong and calm in difficult situations and you can depend on them ➔ rock-solid
a relationship or business that is on the rocks is having a lot of problems and is likely to fail soon [= in trouble]:
I'm afraid Tim's marriage is on the rocks.
an alcoholic drink that is served with ice but no water
a hard sweet made in long round pieces:
sweet food[uncountable] British EnglishDF
a very pure form of the illegal drug cocaine that some people use for pleasure
a small amount of this drug
to have a choice between two things, both of which are unpleasant or dangerous
9 informal not polite
if a man gets his rocks off, he has sex
a diamond or other jewel