Etymology 1 Edit
Italian , from Old Italian rocchetta 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 .
( vehicle propelled by a rocket engine )
rocket ( plural )
( 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, 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.
( figuratively ) Something that shoots high in the air.
2016 September 28, Tom English, “Celtic 3–3 Manchester City”, in BBC Sport ,  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. ( Scotland , slang ) A stupid or crazy person.
2014, Alistair Beaton, Rob Drummond, Morna Pearson, Contemporary Scottish Plays
Why were the Luddites named efter Ned Ludd? A wee rocket. A wee fucken fairy bampot. A pure hooligan, smashing stuff up. A ned. Ned Ludd.
Derived terms Edit
military: non-guided missile
— See also translations at skyrocket
— See also translations at ace
military slang: angry communication to a subordinate
figuratively: something that shoots high in the air
rocket ( third-person singular simple present , rockets present participle , rocketing simple past and past participle )
accelerate swiftly and powerfully To
fly vertically To
rise or soar rapidly
2020 May 20, Paul Bigland, “East London Line's renaissance”, in Rail, pages 48-49: The project was attractive because of the ability to maximise the use of existing and decommissioned railways, minimise land take, and decrease the amount of disruption during the project. With London land prices rocketing, there was also a significant financial incentive. To
carry something in a rocket To attack something with rockets
Etymology 2 Edit
French , from roquette Italian , diminutive of ruchetta , from ruca Latin . Cognate to eruca .
rocket ( )
leaf vegetable or Eruca sativa . Eruca vesicaria rocket larkspur ( ) Consolida regalis
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