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Definition of "rocket" []

  • A rocket engine. (noun)
  • A vehicle or device propelled by one or more rocket engines, especially such a vehicle designed to travel through space. (noun)
  • A projectile weapon carrying a warhead that is powered and propelled by rockets. (noun)
  • A projectile firework having a cylindrical shape and a fuse that is lit from the rear. (noun)
  • To move swiftly and powerfully, as a rocket (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rocket" in a sentence
  • "The TAURUS rocket is scrap -- in rocket science, a 66% success rate sucks by any performance measure."
  • "A rocket propelled grenade launcher can use the term rocket, because it has a conventional rocket propellant system behind the charge."
  • "This rocket is already extant and has a flight history."