from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In whaling, a rocket intended to be projected from the deck of a vessel, and carrying with it a harpoon and bomb-lance combined.


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  • There's supposed to be a last photograph of him on the only record album ever put out by The Fool, an English rock group-seven musicians posed, in the arrogant style of the early Stones, near an old rocket-bomb site, out in the East End, or South of the River.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • From Tantivy, over weeks of casual questions (we know he's your schoolmate but it's too risky bringing him in), Bloat's only able to report that Slothrop began work on this map last autumn, about the time he started going out to look at rocket-bomb disasters for ACHTUNG-having evidently the time, in his travels among places of death, to devote to girl-chasing.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • I heard myself give a little sound like a groan, as the Riley hurtled down that road like a rocket-bomb.

    Madam Will You Talk

  • Like a rocket-bomb, this man of genius had risen from obscurity -- had all but conquered the three greatest worlds of the universe.

    Tarrano the Conqueror


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