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Rock vs. Blues

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Rocknoun

A formation of minerals, specifically:

Bluesnoun

a type of folk song that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholoy sound from repeated used of blue notes.

Rocknoun

(uncountable) The naturally occurring aggregate of solid mineral matter that constitutes a significant part of the earth's crust.

‘The face of the cliff is solid rock.’;

Bluesnoun

a state of depression; as, he had a bad case of the blues.

Rocknoun

A mass of stone projecting out of the ground or water.

‘The ship crashed on the rocks.’;

Bluesnoun

a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes

Rocknoun

(UK) A boulder or large stone; or a smaller stone; a pebble.

‘Some fool has thrown a rock through my window.’;

Bluesnoun

a state of depression;

‘he had a bad case of the blues’;

Rocknoun

(geology) Any natural material with a distinctive composition of minerals.

Blues

Blues is a music genre and musical form which was originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1860s by African-Americans from roots in African-American work songs, and spirituals. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.

Rocknoun

(slang) A precious stone or gem, especially a diamond.

‘Look at the size of that rock on her finger!’;

Rocknoun

A large hill or island having no vegetation.

‘Pearl Rock near Cape Cod is so named because the morning sun makes it gleam like a pearl.’;

Rocknoun

(figuratively) Something that is strong, stable, and dependable; a person who provides security or support to another.

Rocknoun

A lump or cube of ice.

‘I'll have a whisky on the rocks, please.’;

Rocknoun

A type of confectionery made from sugar in the shape of a stick, traditionally having some text running through its length.

‘While we're in Brighton, let's get a stick of rock!’;

Rocknoun

A crystallized lump of crack cocaine.

Rocknoun

An unintelligent person, especially one who repeats mistakes.

Rocknoun

An Afrikaner.

Rocknoun

An extremely conservative player who is willing to play only the very strongest hands.

Rocknoun

Any of several fish:

Rocknoun

The striped bass.

Rocknoun

The huss or rock salmon.

‘We ordered rock and chips to take away.’;

Rocknoun

A basketball.

‘Yo homie, pass the rock!’;

Rocknoun

(rock paper scissors) A closed hand (a handshape resembling a rock), that beats scissors and loses to paper. It beats lizard and loses to Spock in rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.

Rocknoun

An act of rocking; a rocking motion; a sway.

Rocknoun

A style of music characterized by basic drum-beat, generally 4/4 riffs, based on (usually electric) guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals.

Rocknoun

(countable) Distaff.

Rocknoun

(uncountable) The flax or wool on a distaff.

Rockverb

To move gently back and forth.

‘Rock the baby to sleep.’; ‘The empty swing rocked back and forth in the wind.’;

Rockverb

(transitive) To cause to shake or sway violently.

‘Don't rock the boat.’;

Rockverb

(intransitive) To sway or tilt violently back and forth.

‘The boat rocked at anchor.’;

Rockverb

To be washed and panned in a cradle or in a rocker.

‘The ores had been rocked and laid out for inspection.’;

Rockverb

(transitive) To disturb the emotional equilibrium of; to distress; to greatly impact (most often positively).

‘Downing Street has been rocked by yet another sex scandal.’; ‘She rocked my world.’;

Rockverb

(intransitive) To do well or to be operating at high efficiency.

Rockverb

(euphemistic) to make love to or have sex with someone.

‘Yarbrough & Peoples, "Don't Stop the Music": I just wanna rock you, all night long.’; ‘Andy Kim, "Rock Me Gently": Rock me gently, rock me slowly, take it easy, don't you know, that I have never been loved like this before.’; ‘George_McCrae, "Rock Your Baby": Open up your heart / And let the loving start / Oh, woman, take me in your arms / Rock your baby.’;

Rockverb

(intransitive) To play, perform, or enjoy rock music, especially with a lot of skill or energy.

‘Let’s rock!’;

Rockverb

To be very favourable or skilful; excel; be fantastic.

‘Chocolate rocks.’; ‘My holidays in Ibiza rocked! I can't wait to go back.’;

Rockverb

(transitive) to thrill or excite, especially with rock music

‘Let's rock this joint!’;

Rockverb

(transitive) to do something with excitement yet skillfully

‘I need to rock a piss.’;

Rockverb

(transitive) To wear (a piece of clothing, outfit etc.) successfully or with style; to carry off (a particular look, style).

Rocknoun

See Roc.

Rocknoun

A distaff used in spinning; the staff or frame about which flax is arranged, and from which the thread is drawn in spinning.

‘Sad Clotho held the rocke, the whiles the threadBy grisly Lachesis was spun with pain,That cruel Atropos eftsoon undid.’;

Rocknoun

A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See Stone.

‘Come one, come all! this rock shall flyFrom its firm base as soon as I.’;

Rocknoun

Any natural deposit forming a part of the earth's crust, whether consolidated or not, including sand, earth, clay, etc., when in natural beds.

Rocknoun

That which resembles a rock in firmness; a defense; a support; a refuge.

‘The Lord is my rock, and my fortress.’;

Rocknoun

Fig.: Anything which causes a disaster or wreck resembling the wreck of a vessel upon a rock.

Rocknoun

The striped bass. See under Bass.

Rockverb

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.

‘A rising earthquake rocked the ground.’;

Rockverb

To move as in a cradle; hence, to put to sleep by rocking; to still; to quiet.

Rockverb

To move or be moved backward and forward; to be violently agitated; to reel; to totter.

‘The rocking townSupplants their footsteps.’;

Rockverb

To roll or saway backward and forward upon a support; as, to rock in a rocking-chair.

Rocknoun

a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter;

‘he threw a rock at me’;

Rocknoun

material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust;

‘that mountain is solid rock’; ‘stone is abundant in New England and there are many quarries’;

Rocknoun

United States gynecologist and devout Catholic who conducted the first clinical trials of the oral contraceptive pill (1890-1984)

Rocknoun

(figurative) someone who is strong and stable and dependable;

‘he was her rock during the crisis’; ‘Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church’;

Rocknoun

hard stick bright-colored stick candy typically peppermint flavored

Rocknoun

a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of Black rhythm-and-blues with White country-and-western;

‘rock is a generic term for the range of styles that evolved out of rock'n'roll.’;

Rocknoun

pitching dangerously to one side

Rockverb

move back and forth or sideways;

‘the ship was rocking’; ‘the tall building swayed’; ‘She rocked back and forth on her feet’;

Rockverb

cause to move back and forth;

‘rock the cradle’; ‘rock the baby’; ‘the wind swayed the trees gently’;

Rocknoun

the solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth and other similar planets, exposed on the surface or underlying the soil

‘a piece of rock’; ‘a spectacular rock arch’; ‘the beds of rock are slightly tilted’;

Rocknoun

a mass of rock projecting above the earth's surface or out of the sea

‘there are dangerous rocks around the island’;

Rocknoun

any natural material, hard or soft (e.g. clay), having a distinctive mineral composition.

Rocknoun

informal name for Gibraltar.

Rocknoun

a name for Newfoundland

Rocknoun

a large piece of rock which has become detached from a cliff or mountain; a boulder

‘the stream flowed through a jumble of rocks’;

Rocknoun

a stone of any size

‘the crowd threw a few rocks and dispersed’;

Rocknoun

a kind of hard confectionery in the form of cylindrical peppermint-flavoured sticks

‘a stick of rock’;

Rocknoun

a precious stone, especially a diamond.

Rocknoun

a small piece of crack cocaine

‘the police discovered six ounces of rock in his van’; ‘crack sells for $20 a rock’;

Rocknoun

a man's testicles.

Rocknoun

used to refer to someone or something that is extremely strong, reliable, or hard

‘the Irish scrum has been as solid as a rock’;

Rocknoun

(especially with allusion to shipwrecks) a source of danger or destruction

‘the new system is heading for the rocks’;

Rocknoun

money.

Rocknoun

rock music

‘the store plays a peculiar blend of 70s and 80s rock’; ‘a rock concert’;

Rocknoun

rock and roll.

Rocknoun

a gentle movement to and fro or from side to side

‘she placed the baby in the cot and gave it a rock’;

Rockverb

move gently to and fro or from side to side

‘the vase rocked back and forth on its base’; ‘she rocked the baby in her arms’;

Rockverb

(with reference to a building or region) shake or cause to shake or vibrate, especially because of an impact, earthquake, or explosion

‘the building began to rock on its foundations’; ‘minutes later a second blast rocked the city’;

Rockverb

cause great shock or distress to (someone or something), especially so as to weaken or destabilize

‘diplomatic upheavals that rocked the British Empire’;

Rockverb

dance to or play rock music

‘he looked a totally different man and ready to rock’;

Rockverb

(of a place) be exciting or full of social activity

‘the new town really rocks’;

Rockverb

be very good or pleasing

‘this is when the job really rocks’;

Rockverb

wear (a garment) or affect (an attitude or style), especially in a confident or flamboyant way

‘she was rocking a clingy little leopard-skin number’;

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