any of various simple or complex tubelike devices containing combustibles that on being ignited liberate gases whose action propels the tube through the air: used for pyrotechnic effect, signaling, carrying a lifeline, hurling explosives at an enemy, putting a space vehicle into orbit, etc.
a space capsule or vehicle put into orbit by such devices.
verb (used with object)
to move or transport by means of a rocket.
to attack with rockets.
verb (used without object)
to move like a rocket.
(of game birds) to fly straight up rapidly when flushed.
a self-propelling device, esp a cylinder containing a mixture of solid explosives, used as a firework, distress signal, line carrier, etc
any vehicle propelled by a rocket engine, esp one used to carry a warhead, spacecraft, etc
(as modifier): rocket propulsion, rocket launcher
(Brit & NZ, informal) a severe reprimand (esp in the phrase get a rocket)
verb -ets, -eting, -eted
(transitive) to propel (a missile, spacecraft, etc) by means of a rocket
(intransitive; foll by off, away, etc) to move off at high speed
(intransitive) to rise rapidly: he rocketed to the top
Also called arugula. a Mediterranean plant, Eruca sativa, having yellowish-white flowers and leaves used as a salad: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
any of several plants of the related genus Sisymbrium, esp S. irio (London rocket), which grow on waste ground and have pale yellow flowers
yellow rocket, any of several yellow-flowered plants of the related genus Barbarea, esp B. vulgaris
sea rocket, any of several plants of the related genus Cakile, esp C. maritima, which grow along the seashores of Europe and North America and have mauve, pink, or white flowers
dame’s rocket, another name for dame’s violet
A vehicle or device propelled by one or more rocket engines, especially such a vehicle designed to travel through space.
noun 1. a person who discharges, rides in, or pilots a rocket. 2. a technician or scientist whose work pertains to rocketry. noun 1. an engineer or scientist concerned with the design, operation, or launching of rockets
noun 1. a reaction engine that produces a thrust due to an exhaust consisting entirely of material, as oxidizer, fuel, and inert matter, that has been carried with the engine in the vehicle it propels, none of the propellant being derived from the medium through which the vehicle moves. rocket engine noun 1. a reaction […]
noun 1. any weapon that uses a rocket as a projectile, as a rocket launcher or bazooka.
noun, Military. 1. a tube attached to a weapon for the launching of rockets. 2. a vehicle equipped with many such tubes for the simultaneous firing of rockets.