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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a missile/rocket/mortar attack
▪ There were 15 dead and 20 wounded in a missile attack on the capital.
a price shoots up/soars/rockets (=increases quickly by a large amount)
▪ The price of oil soared in the 1970s.
fire bullets/missiles/rockets etc
▪ Guerrillas fired five rockets at the capital yesterday, killing 23 people.
rocket science
▪ Designing a website may be a lot of work but it’s not rocket science.
rocket scientist
▪ It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that doubling productivity will improve profits.
rocket/wind/nuclear/jet propulsion
▪ In a chemical rocket these molecules are the products of a chemical reaction.
▪ These factors force chemical rockets to deliver specific impulses well below five hundred seconds.
▪ So far environmental lobbies have been extremely reluctant to allow radioactive materials to be flown in a chemical rocket.
▪ This nuclear thermal rocket can perform as well as a hydrogen-oxygen chemical rocket if the exhaust temperature is the same.
▪ A high-performance chemical rocket has over 350 seconds specific impulse.
▪ Another disadvantage of solid rockets is that once they have been ignited they can not be stopped.
▪ Once this has been done the whole shuttle assembly is supported on the solid rocket boosters.
▪ The third stage took over after two solid rockets had fired to settle the propellant in its tanks.
▪ The control signals for the solid rocket boosters are also routed through these umbilicals.
▪ Ambushes, rocket attacks and troop and weapons movements were also reported.
▪ I felt much more confident in myself during a firefight as compared to being mortared or receiving a rocket attack.
▪ These included bombs on London railway lines and a daring rocket attack on the headquarters of MI6 by the Thames.
▪ As he explained it to me, his fort came equipped with metal shields to protect it from rocket attacks.
▪ A mujaheddin rocket attack on Kabul on Feb. 29 killed at least 21 people.
▪ Mortar and rocket attacks varied in frequency, but they were always a threat.
▪ The United States had hopes of at least twenty-five minutes' warning of a nuclear rocket attack.
▪ No civil aircraft now stayed in Phnom Penh overnight, since Khmer Rouge rocket attacks on the airport were frequent.
▪ A Saturn V booster rocket lifted a three-man crew and their equipment from the surface of Earth.
▪ At these times, any given booster rocket can launch the heaviest possible payloads to Mars.
▪ However, it has kept her apprised of the booster rocket issue for more than a week.
▪ He swings golf clubs created from a material used to guide the booster rockets for orbiting space ships.
▪ This had never been done before with a rocket engine.
▪ It was placed in an eccentric, high-inclination orbit around Venus by the firing of a small rocket engine.
▪ A comparison of different kinds of rocket engines with each other requires some measure of their performance.
▪ For propulsion, it relies on the aerospike, a linear rocket engine.
▪ By 1909 he was already aware of the superior potential of liquid hydrogen-liquid oxygen rocket engines.
▪ On the first day they shell a village from long range with artillery and rocket fire.
▪ I wanted to tell her: It was not all about rocket fires and body bags.
▪ The real danger lies in unburnt rocket fuel that falls with the metal.
▪ Polar ice also would provide hydrogen for rocket fuel and for industrial processes.
▪ Antimatter, it turns out, is real, nonfiction stuff, but too rare to be used directly as rocket fuel.
▪ On Earth, nitrogen is an important ingredient of both storable rocket fuels and oxidizers.
▪ He says the residue is rocket fuel, but investigators say it actually is a glue used to bind airplane seats.
▪ Over 7,000 assault rifles, 500 rocket launchers and several tonnes of explosives have been recovered.
▪ Quake involves killing opponents with a variety of implements including axes, nail guns and rocket launchers.
▪ We have a report that four unidentified persons have set up a rocket launcher two hundred yards west of seventeenth green.
▪ When he came back with all three signatures on a piece of paper we would send the first load of rocket launchers.
▪ The Eksund's cargo had included surface-to-air missiles, mortar shells, rocket launchers and semtex high explosive.
▪ Away from the street self-taught craftsmen copy working anti-aircraft guns, hand grenades and rocket launchers.
▪ Police shudder at the prospect of facing a population which has anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers at its disposal.
▪ Technicals - trucks carrying cannon, anti-aircraft missiles and rocket launchers, cruise the city centre.
▪ Without losing any time, she leaned forward ready to start up the rocket motors.
▪ Last summer, Thiokol reported singeing of O-ring seals located in the nozzles of rocket motors after consecutive launches.
▪ A particularly simple form of rocket motor uses solid propellant.
▪ The plant makes and tests rocket motors, but doesn't have enough new orders to keep going.
▪ After one second, controls in the nozzle of the rocket motor start steering the missile on to the proper trajectory.
▪ The sound of the rocket motors died away.
▪ A rocket motor failed and the spacecraft did not reach its intended orbit.
▪ Remember that the principle of rocket propulsion simply requires high-speed molecules to push against the rocket.
▪ This is the secret of rocket propulsion.
▪ Finding a way out of this mess does not require rocket science.
▪ Timing can be everything, even in rocket science.
▪ After all, this really is rocket science.
▪ Leading teams through a one-day goal-setting workshop does not involve rocket science.
▪ A letter signed by former cosmonauts and rocket scientists and 16,000 Muscovites has been handed to Putin.
▪ They wheeled in the rocket scientists, who started to carve up mortgage securities into itty-bitty pieces.
▪ Well, Andrew Dequasie was a rocket scientist of a sort.
▪ Display of early aircraft and space rockets.
it doesn't take a rocket scientist (to do sth)
▪ It doesn't exactly take a rocket scientist to realize that the chain of events was no coincidence.
sth is not rocket science
▪ Heavy artillery and rocket attacks rained down on the camp.
▪ Finding a way out of this mess does not require rocket science.
▪ It had two lids which you closed once you were in, and instead of bullets, it fired rockets.
▪ Ready, Set, Go! went through version 2 like a rocket and emerged late last year as version 3.
▪ That rocket itself also appears to have strayed off course.
▪ The result is a devastating detonation that completely destroys the rocket.
▪ This nuclear thermal rocket can perform as well as a hydrogen-oxygen chemical rocket if the exhaust temperature is the same.
▪ Wichman recently designed the passenger compartment for a rocket ship being developed by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace.
▪ Gold prices rocketed to their highest level since 1983.
▪ Interest rates have rocketed as credit has become scarce.
▪ Why has the dollar rocketed against the yen in particular?
▪ A diabetic, she spent two days in the hospital last week when stress sent her blood pressure rocketing.
▪ Biotech company stocks rocketed on speculation drugs they are developing could turn into blockbusters.
▪ Pearce's request for new terms could have been sparked by transfer fees and wages rocketing in the last 12 months.
▪ Peschisllibo ravaged Derby's defence in an exhilarating first half when Birmingham rocketed into a three goal lead.
▪ Profits for 1991-92 have jumped £2m to £13.6m and its pubs total has rocketed from 376 to 532.
▪ The rave band, which rocketed to No.8 with Fire, believes the Beeb show is death to dance.
▪ Today, many corporate astronauts are rocketing into market space as if they were launched from Cape Canaveral with no Houston base.
▪ You usually prefer rocketing and rolling to swiveling.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Damewort \Dame"wort`\, n. (Bot.) A cruciferrous plant ( Hesperis matronalis), remarkable for its fragrance, especially toward the close of the day; -- called also rocket and dame's violet.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

garden plant of the cabbage family, c.1500, from Middle French roquette (16c.), from Italian rochetta, diminutive of ruca "a kind of cabbage," from Latin eruca "colewort," perhaps so called for its downy stems and related to ericus "hedgehog," also "a beam set with spikes," from PIE *ghers- "to bristle" (see horror).


type of self-propelling projectile, 1610s, from Italian rocchetto "a rocket," literally "a bobbin," diminutive of rocca "a distaff," so called because of cylindrical shape. The Italian word probably is from a Germanic source (compare Old High German rocko "distaff," Old Norse rokkr), from Proto-Germanic *rukkon-, from PIE root *rug- "fabric, spun yarn."\n

\nOriginally "fireworks rocket," meaning "device propelled by a rocket engine" first recorded 1919; rocket-ship in the modern sense first attested February 1927 ("Popular Science"); earlier as a type of naval warship firing projectiles. Rocket science in the figurative sense of "difficult, complex process or topic" is attested by 1985. Rocket scientist is from 1952.\n\nThat such a feat is considered within the range of possibility is evidenced by the activities of scientists in Europe as well as in Americ

  1. Two of them, Prof. Herman Oberth and Dr. Franz Hoeff, of Vienna, are constructing a five-ton rocket ship in which they hope to reach the moon in two days.

    ["Popular Science," Fe

  2. 1927]


"to spring like a rocket," 1860, from rocket (n.2). Earlier "to attack with rockets" (1799). Related: Rocketed; rocketing.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A rocket engine. 2 (context military English) A non-guided missile propelled by a rocket engine. 3 A vehicle propelled by a rocket engine. 4 A rocket propelled firework, a skyrocket 5 (context slang English) An ace (the playing card). 6 (context military slang English) An angry communication (such as a letter or telegram) to a subordinate. 7 A blunt lance head used in jousting. vb. 1 To accelerate swiftly and powerfully 2 To fly vertically 3 To rise or soar rapidly 4 To carry something in a rocket 5 To attack something with rockets Etymology 2

n. 1 The leaf vegetable ''Eruca sativa'' or ''Eruca vesicaria''. 2 rocket larkspur

  1. n. any vehicle propelled by a rocket engine

  2. a jet engine containing its own propellant and driven by reaction propulsion [syn: rocket engine]

  3. erect European annual often grown as a salad crop to be harvested when young and tender [syn: roquette, garden rocket, rocket salad, arugula, Eruca sativa, Eruca vesicaria sativa]

  4. propels bright light high in the sky, or used to propel a lifesaving line or harpoon [syn: skyrocket]

  5. sends a firework display high into the sky [syn: skyrocket]

  1. v. shoot up abruptly, like a rocket; "prices skyrocketed" [syn: skyrocket]

  2. propel with a rocket


A rocket (from Italian rocchetto "bobbin") is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine. Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellant carried within the rocket before use. Rocket engines work by action and reaction and push rockets forward simply by expelling their exhaust in the opposite direction at high speed, and can therefore work in the vacuum of space.

In fact, rockets work more efficiently in space than in an atmosphere. Multi-stage rockets are capable of attaining escape velocity from Earth and therefore can achieve unlimited maximum altitude. Compared with airbreathing engines, rockets are lightweight and powerful and capable of generating large accelerations. To control their flight, rockets rely on momentum, airfoils, auxiliary reaction engines, gimballed thrust, momentum wheels, deflection of the exhaust stream, propellant flow, spin, and/or gravity.

Rockets for military and recreational uses date back to at least 13th century China. Significant scientific, interplanetary and industrial use did not occur until the 20th century, when rocketry was the enabling technology for the Space Age, including setting foot on the moon. Rockets are now used for fireworks, weaponry, ejection seats, launch vehicles for artificial satellites, human spaceflight, and space exploration.

Chemical rockets are the most common type of high power rocket, typically creating a high speed exhaust by the combustion of fuel with an oxidizer. The stored propellant can be a simple pressurized gas or a single liquid fuel that disassociates in the presence of a catalyst ( monopropellants), two liquids that spontaneously react on contact ( hypergolic propellants), two liquids that must be ignited to react, a solid combination of fuel with oxidizer ( solid fuel), or solid fuel with liquid oxidizer ( hybrid propellant system). Chemical rockets store a large amount of energy in an easily released form, and can be very dangerous. However, careful design, testing, construction and use minimizes risks.

Rocket (album)

Rocket is the Primitive Radio Gods' debut album, released on June 18, 1996 by Columbia Records. Their best known hit single from this album, " Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand", helped launch the band's career.

Rocket (comics)

Rocket is a comic book superhero in materials published by DC Comics.

Rocket (disambiguation)

A rocket is a vehicle, missile, or aircraft propelled by an engine that creates thrust from a high speed exhaust jet made exclusively from propellant.

Rocket or Rockets may also refer to:

Rocket (The Smashing Pumpkins song)

"Rocket" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. It was the fourth and final single from their second album, Siamese Dream, and was written by Billy Corgan. The CD single is a valuable rarity to fans of the band as it only saw a release in Australia. A 7" vinyl record was also released in the United Kingdom as part of the Siamese Singles box set. "Rocket" was one of the few singles that did not appear on the Smashing Pumpkins' greatest hits album Rotten Apples.

Rocket (Def Leppard song)

"Rocket" is a song recorded by English rock band Def Leppard in 1987 from the album Hysteria. It was the sixth (seventh in the US) and final single release, coming out in January 1989 and hitting the Top 15 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart.

The song was considered experimental for hard rock at the time. Most notably, producer Mutt Lange used backmasking effects to feature the line "We're fighting with the gods of war" (from "Gods of War", also on Hysteria) sung backwards throughout the track. This sample was omitted from the single version of the song. The words "Love" and "Bites" (from "Love Bites") are also used as a sonic effect midway throughout the song, in order to replicate the sounds of a rocket launch through musical samples.

Singer Joe Elliott came up with the idea of "Rocket" after he overheard a friend's cassette of "Burundi Black" by Burundi Steiphenson Black, which had previously had an influence on such UK bands as Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow. Elliott then borrowed the tape to make a rhythm loop and overlaid guitar chords over it for a rough draft on the song. When he brought it to Lange and the band, they re-recorded and developed Elliott's idea in a higher key. The song was nearly developed as a near-instrumental with only a short chorus ("Rocket! Yeah"), but after the lyrics " Satellite of Love", which referenced the song of the same name by Lou Reed in 1972, were added to the chorus, the band expanded on the concept of the song and added musical influences of the 1960s and 1970s as lyrics for the verses. During one particular break in the production of the song, the band were surprised to find that Lange had added the extended breakdown, complete with the vocal sampling, to the middle of the song. Lange also instructed the band to record monk-like chants, that were also similarly used by Adam and the Ants in their song " Dog Eat Dog", to emphasize a guitar solo during the breakdown. Although the drumbeat samples, played at the beginning of the extended and edited version after audio transcripts from the Apollo 11 Moon landing and again during the first half of each verse and the breakdown, are widely mis-attributed to be taken from the Royal Drummers of Burundi, they are actually a series of drum machines programmed by Lange and drummer Rick Allen to play slightly out-of-sync with one another to provide a tribal drum effect within the song.

In its single release, "Rocket" was heavily edited from its original length of 6:34 for radio airplay, but would omit many of the portions that greatly distinguished the track from the rest of the album. At some shows, the album version gets performed, while at others they play the edited version instead.

Guitar World Magazine voted Rocket's guitar solo the 17th worst of all time in a countdown published in December 2004's issue. The magazine commented that "[Rocket has] a solo that any fouryear- old with a rack-mounted effects unit could play."

It was used by professional wrestler Flyin' Brian Pillman as his theme music, when he came to NWA/WCW in 1989.

UK versions of the single release also featured a rather unconventional cover of the Engelbert Humperdinck song " Release Me", credited to "Stumpus Maximus & The Good Ol' Boys", which was actually Malvin Mortimer, the band's future tour manager, backed up by the band members themselves. The vocal is particularly notable for starting out as a rather exaggerated pub-singer version of the opening verses, becoming more and more extreme as the song progresses. In the last verse, Stumpus' histrionics are interrupted by a brief belch, followed by a polite "'scuse me" before going back up to eleven without even a split-second pause. Some commentators at the time saw the track as indicative of cynical commercialism on the part of the record company.

Rocket (firework)

A rocket is a pyrotechnic firework made out of a paper tube packed with gunpowder that propels itself into the air in order to fly. Types of rockets include the skyrockets, which have a stick to provide stability during airborne flight; missiles, which instead rotate for stability or are shot out of a tube; and bottle rockets, smaller fireworks – 1½ in (3.8 cm) long, though the attached stick extends the total length to approximately 12 in (30 cm) – that usually contain whistle effects.

Rocket (band)

Rocket is an all-girl pop-punk band from Los Angeles, California, not to be confused with another group called The Rockets.

Rocket (Mohamed Ali song)

"Rocket" is the debut single of Danish singer of Egyptian and Iraqi origin Mohamed Ali taken from his debut and only album Keep It Simple.

He released his single "Rocket" on Sony after coming third in season 2 of the Danish X Factor. The song written by Thomas Blachman and produced by GL Music stayed for 20 weeks in Tracklisten, the official Danish Singles Chart in 2009 peaking at #12 on chart in August 2009.

Rocket (El Presidente song)

"Rocket" is the first single from El Presidente. It was a limited (1000 Copies) Red 10" vinyl release. The B-side was Rocket-Beef Music Mix. It reached number 37 on the UK Singles Chart.

Not much is known about when the song was recorded or who plays on it apart from Liam Nugent (Das Bold) is credited as backing vocals, and Ross Galloway (Roscoe P. Coltrane) is credited as Synths.

The video for the song, directed by Jonas Odell, cost around £20,000 to produce. The music video of the song is one of those available on the PlayStation Portable demo disc.

The song was used on football programmes on Sky Sports in the background when the matches that were being shown that week were said.

Rocket (Goldfrapp song)

"Rocket" is a synthpop song by English duo Goldfrapp from their fifth studio album, Head First. Written and produced by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, with additional production by Pascal Gabriel, the song was released as the album's lead single on 8 March 2010. To promote the single release, the duo performed the song on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 26 March 2010. The music video features Alison driving a truck hauling a rocket with someone entirely wrapped in duct tape who is then taped to the rocket when it is launched at the end.

The track was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 2011 Grammy Awards, but lost to Rihanna's " Only Girl (In the World)".

Rocket (weapon)

A rocket is a self-propelled, unguided weapon system powered by a rocket motor. Rockets are used primarily as medium and long-range artillery systems, although historically they have also seen considerable use as air-to-ground, some use as air-to-air weapons, and even a few examples of surface-to-air devices. Examples of modern surface-to-surface rocket systems include the BM-27 Uragan and M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System.

In military parlance, a rocket differs from a missile primarily by lacking an active guidance system; early missiles were known as "guided rockets" or "guided missiles". Some rockets were developed as unguided systems and later upgraded to guided versions, like the GMLRS, and these generally retain the term "rocket" instead of becoming missiles. Rockets or missiles that travel underwater, like the VA-111 Shkval, are known as torpedoes no matter what their propulsion system is.

Rocket (Beyoncé song)

"Rocket" is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé from her fifth studio album, Beyoncé (2013). It was written by Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon and Beyoncé with the group of the latter three people also serving as its producers. Miguel initially conceived the song inspired by Beyoncé, trying to showcase her confidence and sexuality. Beyoncé revealed that "Rocket" was inspired by D'Angelo's " Untitled (How Does It Feel)" (2000) and felt it was one of her liberating songs meant to illustrate different sides of her personality.

"Rocket" is a slowtempo soul, funk and R&B song which was frequently compared to works by D'Angelo and Prince. It features explicit and metaphorical lyrics discussing frank female sexuality, a prominent theme present on Beyoncé. Lyrically, it sees Beyoncé addressing a male partner through sexual innuendos, adopting soft and sensual vocals. Upon its release, "Rocket" received positive reviews from music critics who considered it to be one of the singer's most explicit work and praised its main theme.

A music video for the song was directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke and Bill Kirstein and released through Beyoncé itself on December 13, 2013. It was shot at The Standard, High Line hotel, New York City in black-and-white using a slow motion technique and features various shots of the singer, who appears dressed in lingerie for most of the time. Many critics considered it to be one of the most erotic clips on the entire album and praised its filming technique. At the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé performed "Rocket" during a medley consisting of songs from her fifth studio album. It was also a part of the setlist during The Formation World Tour (2016).

Rocket (2015 film)

Rocket ( Kannada: ರಾಕೆಟ್) is a 2015 Kannada romantic comedy film written and directed by Shiva Shashi, produced by and co-starring Sathish Ninasam, alongside Aishani Shetty in the lead roles. Achyuth Kumar, Sundar Raj, Padmaja Rao, Ninasam Ashwath and Rashri Ponnappa feature in supporting roles.

Rocket (nickname)

Rocket or The Rocket is the nickname of:

  • Ronnie Baxter (born 1961), English darts player
  • Roger Clemens (born 1962), American baseball pitcher
  • Raghib Ismail (born 1969), former professional American football and Canadian football player
  • Rod Jensen (born 1979), Australian rugby league footballer
  • Rod Laver (born 1938), Australian tennis player
  • Rodney Morris (born 1970), pool player
  • Ricky Nattiel (born 1966), American National Football League player
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan (born 1975), English snooker player
  • Maurice Richard (1921–2000), former ice hockey player
  • Hashim Ridha (born 1979), Iraqi former footballer
  • Ronny Rosenthal, former soccer player, a.k.a. "Rocket Ronny"
  • Robert Sovik (born 1991), Czech ice hockey player

Usage examples of "rocket".

Chemical rockets in the nose fired to slow it, dirty ablation smoke was pouring out of all ninety-six brake drums.

Grounders never got used to the fact that in orbit, you decelerated by firing your rockets to move into a higher, slower orbit, and accelerated by using your retros to drop into a lower, faster orbit.

Fireworks, a rocket in a silver arc, white actinic fire in high parabola, its origin somewhere to the left, its terminus twenty yards behind Johan Schmidt.

The vernier rockets firmly turned the spacecraft aftward to the surface.

Perhaps Professor Agrest would regard it as another launching platform for nuclear rockets.

Where, a second earlier, there had been a squad of InfiniDim Enterprises executives with a rocket launcher standing on an elegant terraced plaza paved with large slabs of lustrous stone cut from the ancient alabastrum quarries of Zentalquabula there was now, instead, a bit of a pit with nasty bits in it.

He left Ned Tyler in charge of the Golden Bough with Althuda, and ordered them to remain anchored well offshore, and await his return, The distress signal would be a red Chinese rocket.

More Empathist work, Angin Chandra with her slender hand resting on a thrusting phallus of a rocket.

Developed by the General Atomic Company in a three-year research, the 750,000-pound rocket, carrying twelve atomicians and six well-known scientists, took off from a specially built skyport near Buffalo, at noon, September 10, and landed on the moon, 250,000 miles distant, at 1 p.

I want to help him out by ramming as many bazooka rockets as I can into the Horse.

Sha knew it was a useless gesture, but he fired his last bazooka rocket at it anyway, and the enemy pilot dodged it with ease.

Luckily, almost all the Zaks would have already exhausted their supply of bazooka rockets, because without his beam rifle he would have no choice but to use the beam saber in close-quarter combat.

Since the colony port was nearly four hundred meters in diameter, he fired two rockets from his bazooka as cover before entering and then, without waiting for the explosion to clear, plunged inside.

For every man who belonged aboard that rocket had beem checked and tested - how he had been checked and tested!

The biologist, the geologist and the physician prepared a reconnaissance robot, the mechanics adjusted the landing locators and searchlights and got ready a rocket satellite that would transmit a message to Earth.