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Topic: SPACE

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Italian
Origin: rocchetta 'small stick used in spinning thread', from rocca 'stick used in spinning'

rocket

1 noun
     
rocket
rock‧et1
1TTS [countable] a vehicle used for travelling or carrying things into space, which is shaped like a big tube [↪ spacecraft]:
The rocket was launched from a space research base.
2PMW [countable] a weapon shaped like a big tube that is fired at things [↪ missile]:
anti-tank rockets
3 [countable] a firework that goes high into the air before exploding into coloured lights
4 [uncountable] British English a plant with green leaves and a strong taste, eaten raw in salads [= arugula American English]
WORD FOCUS: space WORD FOCUS: space
vehicles used in space: spaceship, spacecraft, rocket, (space) shuttle, probe, satellite, space station

someone who travels in space: astronaut, cosmonaut Russian

parts of a rocket's journey: countdown, launch, blast-off/take-off/lift-off, leaving the earth's atmosphere, going into orbit, re-entering the earth's atmosphere, splashdown/touchdown

places and things in space: planet, moon, star, sun, satellite, solar system, constellation, galaxy, universe, the cosmos, black hole, quasar, comet, meteor, asteroid

the study of space: astronomy
space

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