from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An evening party in the country: so called from the practice once prevalent among the women of taking their rocks (distaffs) with them and spinning.
  • noun The act of one who or of that which rocks; the act of swaying backward and forward.
  • noun The abrading of the surface of a copper or steel plate with a rocker, preparatory to scraping a mezzotint.
  • noun The motion by which the design on a steel mill is transferred to a copper cylinder to be used in calico-printing. Compare mill, 7.
  • noun The mass of stone or ballast laid to form the understratum of a road.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a swaying, rolling, or back-and-forth movement; used for rocking.
  • adjective (Mach.) See Rock shaft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective informal excellent. The best
  • verb Present participle of rock.


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