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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

plural of rock (n.1). Meaning "ice cubes" is from 1946; slang meaning "testicles" is first recorded in phrase get (one's) rocks off "achieve intense satisfaction." On the rocks "ruined" is from 1889, figurative use of the expression with reference to ships (by 1735).


n. 1 (plural of rock English) 2 (context slang English) money. 3 (context vulgar slang English) testicles. 4 (context slang English) crack cocaine. vb. (en-third-person singular of: rock)

Rocks (Aerosmith album)

Rocks is the fourth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on May 3, 1976. AllMusic described Rocks as having "captured Aerosmith at their most raw and rocking". Rocks was ranked #176 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It has greatly influenced many hard rock and heavy metal artists, including Guns N' Roses and Metallica. The album was a commercial success, charting three singles on the Billboard Hot 100, two of which reached the Top 40 (" Back in the Saddle" and " Last Child"). The album was one of the first albums to ship platinum when it was released. The album has since gone quadruple platinum.

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Rocks (song)

"Rocks" is a song by British group Primal Scream. It is taken from the group's fourth album, Give Out But Don't Give Up. The song was released as a single in 1994 and reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, acting as a double A-side with another of the band's songs, "Funky Jam". Together they were the highest-ranked Primal Scream single until " Country Girl" in 2006.

This song was the first indication of Primal Scream's change of musical style, when compared to their last album, 1991's Screamadelica, which featured dance leanings. "Rocks" (and the whole Give Out But Don't Give Up album in general) featured a more classic rock structure inspired by that of artists such as T. Rex, The Rolling Stones and The Faces. Faces singer Rod Stewart would later in fact cover the song himself, releasing it in his 1998 album When We Were the New Boys.

The intro is in similar style to the drumbreak of Sly & The Family Stone's " Dance to the Music".

The song also featured on a bundled disc with the UK release of Donkey Kong Country

Rocks (PHP)

The Rocks Library contains a database independent object-relational mapper (ORM) for PHP 5.1 plus, allowing easy access to all types of database.

However the Rocks Framework also includes other functionality such as a templated system for producing web pages, which encaspulates general web development problems.

Rocks (Harem Scarem album)

Rocks is a compilation album by the Canadian rock band Harem Scarem that was released in Japan in 2001. It features many well known rock songs that the band had released on their past albums as well as two previously unreleased songs.

Usage examples of "rocks".

I saw old Umslopogaas stagger to his feet -- ay, and saw him by a single gigantic effort swing up the struggling Nasta and with a shout of triumph hurl him straight over the parapet of the bridge, to be crushed to powder on the rocks two hundred feet below.

During this time Cyrus Harding, Spilett, and Neb, crawling behind the rocks, glided towards the future scene of combat.

Neb and Gideon Spilett, watching at the mouth of the river, and on Cyrus Harding and Herbert, in ambush among the rocks at the Chimneys.

What was their disappointment, when, after trudging nearly two miles, having reached an elevated point composed of slippery rocks, they found themselves again stopped by the sea.

We could not even suppose that after it had stayed for any length of time on the shore, it would have been swept off by the sea, for the south coast is all rocks, and it would certainly have been smashed to pieces there!

Indeed, had it not been for the mental notes that I had fortunately taken of the shape of various rocks, I am sure that we never should have managed it at all, but have wandered about in the dreadful womb of the volcano--for I suppose it must once have been something of the sort--until we died of exhaustion and despair.

But even our whispers ran up the rocks in mysterious murmurs till at last they died away in long-drawn sighs of sound.

Exactly two hundred feet behind the angle formed by the river, the wall, terminated by a fall of rocks, died away in a gentle slope to the edge of the forest.

The reporter and his assistant became in a short time very skilful operators, and they obtained fine views of the country, such as the island, taken from Prospect Heights with Mount Franklin in the distance, the mouth of the Mercy, so picturesquely framed in high rocks, the glade and the corral, with the spurs of the mountain in the background, the curious development of Claw Cape, Flotsam Point, etc.

Shark Gulf, the plateau of Prospect Heights, Safety Islet, the granite rocks of Port Balloon, the basalts of Dakkar Grotto, the long Serpentine Peninsula, so distant nevertheless from the center of the eruption.

In a few moments Harding and Herbert on one side, the reporter and Neb on the other, had disappeared behind the rocks, and five minutes later Ayrton and Pencroft, having without difficulty crossed the channel, disembarked on the islet and concealed themselves in the clefts of its eastern shore.

Marshland, what there was of it fit to graze cattle, salty water, mostly rocks and cedars.

Rock stepped into the mouth of the culvert he saw a lumpy floor, which at first glance he thought consisted of rocks lying on dried mud.

The scattered boulders that had fallen from above and lay upon or partly buried in the turf, were the only indication that any disintegration of the massive, towering pile of rocks ever had taken place.

Unguided, our vessel careened wildly in its mad flight, rising ever nearer the rocks above.