meaning of rock

1. A shaft that oscillates on its journals, instead of revolving, -- usually carrying levers by means of which it receives and communicates reciprocating motion, as in the valve gear of some steam engines; -- called also rocker, rocking shaft, and way shaft.
An oscillating bar in a machine, as the lever of the bellows of a forge.
See Roc.
A distaff used in spinning; the staff or frame about which flax is arranged, and from which the thread is drawn in spinning.
A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See Stone.
Any natural deposit forming a part of the earths crust, whether consolidated or not, including sand, earth, clay, etc. , when in natural beds.
That which resembles a rock in firmness; a defense; a support; a refuge.
Fig. : Anything which causes a disaster or wreck resembling the wreck of a vessel upon a rock.
The striped bass. See under Bass.
To cause to sway backward and forward, as a body resting on a support beneath; as, to rock a cradle or chair; to cause to vibrate; to cause to reel or totter.
To move as in a cradle; hence, to put to sleep by rocking; to still; to quiet.
To move or be moved backward and forward; to be violently agitated; to reel; to totter.
To roll or saway backward and forward upon a support; as, to rock in a rocking-chair.
pitching dangerously to one side

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