from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A scientist who specializes in rocketry.
- n. Informal An extremely intelligent person.
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- n. a colloquial term for an astronautical engineer
- n. Someone qualified to understand or handle that which is overly complex, detailed or confusing; a genius.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a very intelligent person; -- used mostly in the phrases: “you don't have to be a rocket scientist to …” and “it doesn't take a rocket scientist to …”, meaning that the subject that follows is easy to understand.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an engineer who builds and tests rockets
- n. a clever thinker
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And he'd never met a rocket scientist who looked anything like Emma McCully.
I take little credit for predicting Marcos’s overthrow; it did not take a rocket scientist to see it coming.
Kupelian, who as a little boy survived the unthinkable evils of genocide, escaped to the promised land of America, worked really hard, and eventually became a rocket scientist dedicated to defending his adopted country