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English noun: rock

1. rock (object) a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter

SamplesHe threw a rock at me.


Broader (hypernym)natural object

Narrower (hyponym)achondrite, bedrock, boulder, bowlder, calculus, chondrite, clastic rock, concretion, crystal, crystallization, intrusion, outcrop, outcropping, pebble, petrifaction, rock outcrop, sill, stepping stone, tor, wall rock, whin, whinstone, xenolith

2. rock (substance) material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust

SamplesThat mountain is solid rock.
Stone is abundant in New England and there are many quarries.


Broader (hypernym)material, stuff

Narrower (hyponym)aphanite, calc-tufa, caliche, claystone, conglomerate, crushed rock, dolomite, emery rock, emery stone, fieldstone, gravel, greisen, igneous rock, limestone, magma, marble, matrix, metamorphic rock, pudding stone, pumice, pumice stone, quartzite, road metal, sedimentary rock, shingling, sial, sima, tufa

Substance holonymmineral

3. Rock (person) United States gynecologist and devout Catholic who conducted the first clinical trials of the oral contraceptive pill (1890-1984)

SynonymsJohn Rock

Instance hypernymgynaecologist, gynecologist, woman's doctor

4. rock (person) (figurative) someone who is strong and stable and dependable

SamplesHe was her rock during the crisis.
Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.

Broader (hypernym)good person

5. rock (food) hard bright-colored stick candy (typically flavored with peppermint)

Synonymsrock candy

Broader (hypernym)candy, confect

6. rock (communication) a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western

SamplesRock is a generic term for the range of styles that evolved out of rock'n'roll..

Synonymsrock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll

Broader (hypernym)popular music, popular music genre

Narrower (hyponym)acid rock, art rock, heavy metal, heavy metal music, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, punk, punk rock

Part holonymbackbeat

Domain category membersbackbeat

7. rock (act) pitching dangerously to one side

Synonymscareen, sway, tilt

Broader (hypernym)lurch, pitch, pitching

English verb: rock

1. rock (motion) move back and forth or sideways

SamplesThe ship was rocking.
The tall building swayed.
She rocked back and forth on her feet.

Synonymsshake, sway

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move back and forth

Narrower (hyponym)nutate, roll, swag, totter

Verb grouprock, sway

2. rock (motion) cause to move back and forth

SamplesRock the cradle.
Rock the baby.
The wind swayed the trees gently.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Verb grouprock, shake, sway

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