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Etymology 1Edit

From Italian rocchetta, from Old Italian rochetto (rocket, literally a bobbin), diminutive of rocca (a distaff), from Lombardic rocko, rukka (spinning wheel), 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 rock.


A rocket (vehicle propelled by a rocket engine).

rocket (plural rockets)

  1. A rocket engine.
  2. (military) 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. (slang) An ace (the playing card).
  6. (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,[1] Dutton, →ISBN, 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.
  7. A blunt lance head used in jousting.
  8. (figuratively) Something that shoots high in the air.
    • 2016 September 28, Tom English, “Celtic 3–3 Manchester City”, in BBC Sport[2], BBC Sport:
      Fernandinho launched a rocket that flew just over. Gundogan's shot hit off Sviatchenko and Gordon and went out. City pressed and pressed.
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rocket (third-person singular simple present rockets, present participle rocketing, simple past and past participle rocketed)

  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 2Edit

Borrowed from French roquette, from Italian ruchetta, diminutive of ruca, from Latin eruca. Cognate to arugula.

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rocket leaf (Eruca sativa)

rocket (uncountable)

  1. The leaf vegetable Eruca sativa or Eruca vesicaria.
  2. rocket larkspur (Consolida regalis)
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