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rock +‎ -ness


rockness (uncountable)

  1. The essence of what it means to be a rock; the qualities that make a rock what it is.
    • 2009, Robert C. Atchley, Spirituality and Aging, Johns Hopkins University Press (2009), →ISBN, page 26:
      We do not have to become a rock to study rocks, but we do have to understand the nature of “rockness.”
    • 2011, Max Lucado, The Lucado Inspirational Reader: Hope and Encouragement for Your Everyday Life, Thomas Nelson (2011), →ISBN, page 190:
      You can't impact the treeness of a tree, the skyness of the sky, or the rockness of a rock.
    • 2011, C. Alexander Simpkins & Annellen M. Simpkins, Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice, John Wiley & Sons (2011), →ISBN, page 99:
      He asked, how can you truly know the rockness of a rock by categorizing it? Simply dividing it into smaller pieces, weighing it, and looking at its properties may tell you a great deal about what it is like, but what it is, its essence, its rockness, escapes such analysis []
  2. (slang) The quality of music being rock music, or generally "rocking" (being excitingly good).