Etymology 1 Edit
Italian , from rocchetta Old Italian ( rochetto “ rocket ”, literally “ a bobbin ”), diminutive of ( rocca “ a distaff ”), from Lombardic , *rocco ( *rocko “ a distaff ”), from Proto-Germanic ( *rukkô “ a distaff, a staff with flax fibres tied loosely to it, used in spinning thread ”). Cognate with Old High German , rocco , rocko , roccho rocho ( "a distaff"; > German ( Rocken “ a distaff ”) ), Swedish ( rock “ a distaff ”), Icelandic ( rokkur “ a distaff ”), Middle English ( rocke “ a distaff ”). More at . rock⁴
( vehicle propelled by a rocket engine )
rocket ( plural ) rockets
( military ) A non- guided missile propelled by a rocket engine. A
vehicle propelled by a rocket engine. A rocket propelled
firework, a skyrocket
( slang ) An ace (the playing card).
( military slang ) An angry communication (such as a letter or telegram) to a subordinate.
1980, David Schoenbrun, Soldiers of the Night: The Story of , the French Resistance Dutton,  ISBN 9780525206637, page 203,
While [Colonel Robert] Solborg and [Jacques] Lemaigre[-Dubreuil] were dreaming of revolts,
[William Joseph “Wild Bill”] Donovan had learned of Solborg’s insubordination and meddling. He sent him a “ rocket” ordering him out of North Africa and back to Lisbon at once. Solborg flew to Lisbon and then on to Washington to face out his problem with Donovan. A
blunt lance head used in jousting.
Derived terms Edit
rocket ( third-person singular simple present , rockets present participle , rocketing simple past and past participle ) rocketed
accelerate swiftly and powerfully To
fly vertically To
rise or soar rapidly To
carry something in a rocket To
attack something with rockets
Etymology 2 Edit
French , roquette Italian , diminutive of ruchetta , ruca Latin . Cognate to eruca . arugula
rocket ( ) uncountable
leaf vegetable or Eruca sativa . Eruca vesicaria