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definition of the word rock

by the Wiktionnary

From Old French roque, compare French roche


countable and uncountable; rocks

rock (countable and uncountable; plural rocks)

Solid mineral aggregate (1)
A boulder (3)
A yellow diamond (7)
Several rocks of crack cocaine (10)
  1. (uncountable) The naturally occurring aggregate of solid mineral matter that constitutes a significant part of the earth's crust.
    The face of the cliff is solid rock.
  2. A mass of stone projecting out of the ground or water.
    The ship crashed on the rocks.
  3. A boulder or large stone.
    Some fool has thrown a rock through my window.
  4. A large hill or island having no vegetation.
    Pearl Rock near Cape Cod is so named because the morning sun makes it gleam like a pearl.
    • Pearl, Wikipedia [1]
      The location is particularly well known for its Pearl Mountain or "Pearl Rock". This huge granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops that make up Pearl Mountain and has been compared in majesty to Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) in Australia."
  5. (figuratively) Something that is strong, stable, and dependable; a person who provides security or support to another.
    • 1611, King James Bible, Matthew 16:18,
      And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
    • 1991, Robert Harling and Andrew Bergman, Soapdish, Paramount Pictures,
      Celeste Talbert: She is my rock, my right hand.
  6. (geology) Any natural material with a distinctive composition of minerals.
  7. (slang) A precious stone or gem, especially a diamond.
    Look at the size of that rock on her finger!
  8. A lump or cube of ice.
    I'll have a whisky on the rocks, please.
  9. (UK, uncountable) A type of confectionery made from sugar in the shape of a stick, traditionally having some text running through its length.
    While we're in Brighton, let's get a stick of rock!
  10. (US, slang) A crystalized lump of crack cocaine.
  11. (US, slang) An unintelligent person, especially one who repeats mistakes.
  12. (South African, slang, derogatory) An Afrikaner.
  13. (US, slang) In poker, an extremely conservative player who is willing to play only the very strongest hands.

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