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"rock" in British English

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rocknoun

uk   /rɒk/ us   /rɑːk/
  • rock noun (STONE)

B1 [C or U] the dry solid part of the earth's surface, or any large piece of this that sticks up out of the ground or the sea: Mountains and cliffs are formed from rock. The boat struck a rock outside the bay and sank.
[C] a piece of rock or stone: The demonstrators were hurling rocks at the police.
rocks [plural]
a line of large stones sticking up from the sea: The storm forced the ship onto the rocks.
[C] slang for a valuable stone used in jewellery, especially a diamond: Have you seen the size of the rock he gave her for their anniversary?

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rockverb

uk   /rɒk/ us   /rɑːk/
  • rock verb (MOVE)

C2 [I or T] to (cause someone or something to) move backwards and forwards or from side to side in a regular way: He picked up the baby and gently rocked her to sleep. If you rock back on that chair, you're going to break it.
[T] If a person or place is rocked by something such as an explosion, the force of it makes the person or place shake: The explosion, which rocked the city, killed 300.

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(Definition of rock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rock" in American English

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rocknoun

us   /rɑk/
  • rock noun (STONE)

[C/U] a large mass of stone that sticks up out of the ground or the sea, or a separate piece of stone: [U] This is some of the oldest rock on the earth’s surface. [C] Waves crashed against the rocks. [C] Bees poured into the neighborhood when boys threw rocks at the hives.
[C/U] slang A rock is also a diamond or other jewel.
  • rock noun (MUSIC)

[U] also rock-and-roll, /ˌrɑk·ənˈroʊl/ , rock ’n’ roll a type of popular music with a strong beat, which is usually played with electric guitars and drums

rockverb [I/T]

us   /rɑk/
to move something or cause something to move backward and forward or from side to side: [T] He rocked the baby to sleep. [I] If you rock back on that chair, you’re going to break it.
If a building or area rocks, it shakes it violently: [T] An earthquake rocked the downtown area today.
If a person or place is rocked, it is surprised, upset, or excited: [T] The university was rocked by the scandal.
  • rock verb [I/T] (BE EXCELLENT)

to be extremely good: [I] She's such a great role model for young women – she really rocks!
(Definition of rock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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