Rockaway to Roguish
(Rock"a*way) [Probably from Rockaway beach, where it was used.] Formerly, a light, low,
four-wheeled carriage, with standing top, open at the sides, but having waterproof curtains which could
be let down when occasion required; now, a somewhat similar, but heavier, carriage, inclosed, except in
front, and having a door at each side.
(Rock"e*lay Rock"lay) , n. See Rokelay. [Scot.]
1. One who rocks; specifically, one who rocks a cradle.
It was I, sir, said the rocker, who had the honor, some thirty years since, to attend on your highness in
2. One of the curving pieces of wood or metal on which a cradle, chair, etc., rocks.
3. Any implement or machine working with a rocking motion, as a trough mounted on rockers for separating
gold dust from gravel, etc., by agitation in water.
4. A play horse on rockers; a rocking- horse.
5. A chair mounted on rockers; a rocking- chair.
6. A skate with a curved blade, somewhat resembling in shape the rocker of a cradle.
7. (Mach.) Same as Rock shaft.
Rocker arm (Mach.), an arm borne by a rock shaft.
(Rock"ered) a. (Naut.) Shaped like a rocker; curved; as, a rockered keel.
(Rock"er*y) n. (Gardening) A mound formed of fragments of rock, earth, etc., and set with
Dyer's Rocket. (Bot.) See Dyer's broom, under Broom. Rocket larkspur (Bot.), an annual
plant with showy flowers in long racemes Sea rocket (Bot.), either of two fleshy cruciferous plants
(Cakile maritima and C. Americana) found on the seashore of Europe and America. Yellow rocket
(Bot.), a common cruciferous weed with yellow flowers
(Rock"et) n. [F. roquette (cf. Sp. ruqueta, It ruchetta), fr. L. eruca.] (Bot.) (a) A cruciferous
plant (Eruca sativa) sometimes eaten in Europe as a salad. (b) Damewort. (c) Rocket larkspur. See
(Rock"et) n. [It. rocchetta, fr. rocca a distaff, of German origin. Named from the resemblance
in shape to a distaff. See Rock a distaff.]
1. An artificial firework consisting of a cylindrical case of paper or metal filled with a composition of combustible
ingredients, as niter, charcoal, and sulphur, and fastened to a guiding stick. The rocket is projected through
the air by the force arising from the expansion of the gases liberated by combustion of the composition.
Rockets are used as projectiles for various purposes, for signals, and also for pyrotechnic display.
2. A blunt lance head used in the joust.
Congreve rocket, a powerful form of rocket for use in war, invented by Sir William Congreve. It may be
used either in the field or for bombardment; in the former case, it is armed with shells or case shot; in the