Definition of “rocket” - English Dictionary

“rocket” in British English

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rocketnoun

uk /ˈrɒk.ɪt/ us /ˈrɑː.kɪt/

rocket noun (DEVICE)

B2 [ C ] a large cylinder-shaped object that moves very fast by forcing out burning gases, used for space travel or as a weapon:

They launched a rocket to the planet Venus.
The rebels were firing anti-tank rockets.

[ C ] also skyrocket a type of firework that flies up into the air before exploding

More examples

  • The countdown to the rocket launch will begin at 9.00 a.m.
  • The rear sections of the rocket fell away.
  • The rocket arced gracefully into the sky.
  • The rocket blew up on the launch pad.
  • If there's any doubt about the rocket's engines, we ought to cancel the launch.

rocketverb [ I often + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈrɒk.ɪt/ us /ˈrɑː.kɪt/ also skyrocket informal

to rise extremely quickly or make extremely quick progress towards success:

House prices in the north are rocketing (up).
Their team rocketed to the top of the League.
Sharon Stone rocketed to fame in the film "Basic Instinct".

(Definition of “rocket” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“rocket” in American English

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rocketnoun [ C ]

us /ˈrɑk·ɪt/

rocketverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈrɑk·ɪt/

to travel by rocket, or to rise, increase, or move very quickly:

[ T ] The astronauts were rocketed into space.
[ I ] A train rocketed by.
[ I ] Anna rocketed to fame in the late 1980s.

(Definition of “rocket” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“rocket” in Business English

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rocketnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈrɒkɪt/ us

a large cylindrical object that moves very fast by forcing out burning gases, and that is used for space travel or as a weapon:

launch/fire a rocket

rocketverb [ I ]

uk /ˈrɒkɪt/ us also skyrocket informal

to increase extremely quickly or make extremely quick progress towards success:

Fuel prices have rocketed in recent months.
rocket up Public spending is rocketing up this year.
rocket to sth Crude oil prices rocketed to $40 a barrel, sending stock markets plunging.

(Definition of “rocket” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)