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Rocket vs. Racket — What's the Difference?

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A rocket is a spacecraft or missile, while a racket is a tool used in sports like tennis, or it refers to a loud noise or fraudulent scheme.
Rocket vs. Racket — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Rocket and Racket

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Key Differences

Rockets are vehicles designed for space or military purposes. Rackets are sports equipment used to strike balls in games like tennis or badminton.
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Rockets are complex, with engines and fuel systems. Rackets are simpler, typically made of strings stretched across a frame.
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Rockets are used in space exploration, science, and defense. Rackets are used in sports and recreational activities.
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Rocket technology involves propulsion, navigation, and often space travel. Racket technology focuses on ergonomics and materials for optimal performance.
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Rockets symbolize human achievement and exploration. Rackets are synonymous with specific sports and associated lifestyles.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Use

Space, military
Sports, games
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Composition

Engines, fuel systems
Strings, frame
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Context

Exploration, defense
Tennis, badminton
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Technology

Propulsion, navigation
Ergonomics, materials
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Cultural Symbol

Achievement, exploration
Sports, lifestyle
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Compare with Definitions

Rocket

A vehicle designed for space travel.
The rocket successfully launched into orbit.
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Racket

A fraudulent or dishonest scheme.
The police uncovered a racket involving counterfeit goods.
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Rocket

A missile propelled by a rocket engine.
The military deployed rockets during the conflict.
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Racket

An archaic term for a clamorous argument or dispute.
The debate in the square turned into quite a racket.
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Rocket

A sudden and rapid increase.
His popularity rocketed after the movie release.
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Racket

A bat with a round or oval frame strung with catgut, nylon, etc., used especially in tennis, badminton, and squash
A squash racket
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Rocket

A leafy, edible plant.
She added rocket to the salad for extra flavor.
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Racket

A loud unpleasant noise; a din
The kids were making a racket
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Rocket

A rocket (from Italian: rocchetto, lit. 'bobbin/spool') is a projectile that spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicles use to obtain thrust from a rocket engine. Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellant carried within the rocket.
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Racket

An illegal or dishonest scheme for obtaining money
A protection racket
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Rocket

A cylindrical projectile that can be propelled to a great height or distance by the combustion of its contents, used typically as a firework or signal.
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Racket

Make or move with a loud unpleasant noise
Trains racketed by
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Rocket

A severe reprimand
He got a rocket from the Director
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Racket

Enjoy oneself socially; go in pursuit of pleasure or entertainment
A fabulous car for racketing around Paris
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Rocket

An edible Mediterranean plant of the cabbage family, whose leaves are eaten in salads.
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Racket

A device consisting of an oval or circular frame with a tight interlaced network of strings and a handle, used to strike a ball or shuttlecock in various games.
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Rocket

(of an amount, price, etc.) increase very rapidly and suddenly
Sales of milk in supermarkets are rocketing
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Racket

A wooden paddle, as one used in table tennis.
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Rocket

Attack with rocket-propelled missiles
The city was rocketed and bombed from the air
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Racket

A snowshoe.
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Rocket

A rocket engine.
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Racket

A loud distressing noise.
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Rocket

A vehicle or device propelled by one or more rocket engines, especially such a vehicle designed to travel through space.
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Racket

A dishonest or fraudulent business or practice.
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Rocket

A projectile weapon carrying a warhead that is powered and propelled by rockets.
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Racket

Often rackets An illegal moneymaking activity, especially one controlled by organized crime.
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Rocket

A projectile firework having a cylindrical shape and a fuse that is lit from the rear.
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Racket

An easy, profitable means of livelihood.
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Rocket

See arugula.
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Racket

(Slang) A business or occupation.
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Rocket

Any of several plants of the mustard family, especially the dame's rocket and the sea rocket.
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Racket

To make or move with a loud distressing noise.
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Rocket

To move swiftly and powerfully, as a rocket
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Racket

To lead an active social life.
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Rocket

To fly swiftly straight up, as a game bird frightened from cover.
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Racket

An implement with a handle connected to a round frame strung with wire, sinew, or plastic cords, and used to hit a ball, such as in tennis or a birdie in badminton.
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Rocket

To soar or rise rapidly
The book rocketed to the top of the bestseller list.
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Racket

(Canada) A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood.
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Rocket

To carry by means of a rocket.
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Racket

A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to allow walking on marshy or soft ground.
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Rocket

To assault with rockets.
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Racket

A loud noise.
Power tools work quickly, but they sure make a racket.
With all the racket they're making, I can't hear myself think!
What's all this racket?
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Rocket

A rocket engine.
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Racket

An illegal scheme for profit; a fraud or swindle; or both coinstantiated.
Prostitution and gambling controlled by rackets
They had quite a racket devised to relieve customers of their money.
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Rocket

(military) A non-guided missile propelled by a rocket engine.
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Racket

A carouse; any reckless dissipation.
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Rocket

A vehicle propelled by a rocket engine.
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Racket

Something taking place considered as exciting, trying, unusual, etc. or as an ordeal.
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Rocket

A rocket propelled firework; a skyrocket.
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Racket

To strike with, or as if with, a racket.
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Rocket

(slang) An ace (the playing card).
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Racket

(intransitive) To make a clattering noise.
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Rocket

An angry communication (such as a letter or telegram) to a subordinate.
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Racket

To be dissipated; to carouse.
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Rocket

A blunt lance head used in jousting.
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Racket

A thin strip of wood, having the ends brought together, forming a somewhat elliptical hoop, across which a network of catgut or cord is stretched. It is furnished with a handle, and is used for catching or striking a ball in tennis and similar games.
Each one [of the Indians] has a bat curved like a crosier, and ending in a racket.
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Rocket

(figurative) Something that shoots high in the air.
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Racket

A variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; - chiefly in the plural.
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Rocket

A stupid or crazy person.
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Racket

A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood.
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Rocket

A very physically attractive woman.
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Racket

A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground.
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Rocket

The leaf vegetable Eruca sativa or Eruca vesicaria.
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Racket

Confused, clattering noise; din; noisy talk or sport.
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Rocket

(Consolida regalis).
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Racket

A carouse; any reckless dissipation.
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Rocket

(ambitransitive) To accelerate swiftly and powerfully.
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Racket

A scheme, dodge, trick, or the like; something taking place considered as exciting, trying, unusual, or the like; also, such occurrence considered as an ordeal; as, to work a racket; to stand upon the racket.
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Rocket

To fly vertically.
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Racket

An organized illegal activity, such as illegal gambling, bootlegging, or extortion.
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Rocket

To rise or soar rapidly.
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Racket

To strike with, or as with, a racket.
Poor man [is] racketed from one temptation to another.
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Rocket

To carry something in a rocket.
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Racket

To make a confused noise or racket.
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Rocket

To attack something with rockets.
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Racket

To engage in noisy sport; to frolic.
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Rocket

A cruciferous plant (Eruca sativa) sometimes eaten in Europe as a salad.
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Racket

To carouse or engage in dissipation.
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Rocket

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.
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Racket

A loud and disturbing noise
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Rocket

A blunt lance head used in the joust.
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Racket

An illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
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Rocket

Any flying device propelled by the reactive force of hot gases expelled in the direction opposite its motion. The fuel used to generate the expelled gases in rockets may be solid or liquid; rockets propelled by liquid fuels typically have a combustible fuel (such as hydrogen or kerosene) which is combined inside the rocket engine with an oxidizer, such as liquid oxygen. Single liquid fuels (called monopropellants) are also known. Since rocket engines do not depend on a surrounding fluid medium to generate their thrust, as do airplanes with propellers or jet engines, they may be used for propulsion in the vacuum of space.
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Racket

The auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience;
Modern music is just noise to me
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Rocket

To rise straight up; said of birds; usually in the present participle or as an adjective.
An old cock pheasant came rocketing over me.
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Racket

A sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games
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Rocket

Any vehicle propelled by a rocket engine
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Racket

Celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities;
The members of the wedding party made merry all night
Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!
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Rocket

A jet engine containing its own propellant and driven by reaction propulsion
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Racket

Make loud and annoying noises
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Rocket

Erect European annual often grown as a salad crop to be harvested when young and tender
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Racket

Hit (a ball) with a racket
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Rocket

Propels bright light high in the sky, or used to propel a lifesaving line or harpoon
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Racket

A tool with a handle and a round frame with tightly laced strings, used in tennis or badminton.
She swung her racket expertly to hit the tennis ball.
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Rocket

Sends a firework display high into the sky
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Racket

A loud and unpleasant noise.
The construction work created a constant racket.
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Rocket

Shoot up abruptly, like a rocket;
Prices skyrocketed
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Racket

A loud and disruptive commotion.
The noisy party next door was a real racket.
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Rocket

Propel with a rocket
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Rocket

A firework that propels itself into the air.
Rockets illuminated the sky on the Fourth of July.
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Common Curiosities

What does racket mean in terms of noise?

Racket can mean a loud, disruptive, or unpleasant noise.
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What is a racket in sports?

In sports, a racket is equipment used to hit balls in games like tennis or badminton.
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Do rockets have military uses?

Rockets are often used as weapons in military contexts.
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What is a rocket's role in fireworks?

Rockets in fireworks propel themselves into the air before exploding in colorful displays.
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Can rocket refer to a plant?

Yes, rocket can also refer to a leafy, edible plant often used in salads.
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How is a racket used in tennis?

In tennis, a racket is used to hit the ball across the net during play.
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What does it mean to rocket in popularity?

To rocket in popularity means to increase rapidly and significantly.
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What is a rocket?

A rocket is a vehicle, typically cylindrical, used for space travel or as a military weapon.
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Are rockets used for exploration?

Yes, rockets are commonly used for space exploration and scientific missions.
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Can racket refer to a scam?

Yes, racket can also mean a fraudulent or dishonest scheme.
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Is a racket always a loud noise?

In common usage, racket often refers to a loud noise, but it can also mean a disturbance or scam.
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What materials are rackets made of?

Modern rackets are usually made of materials like carbon fiber, ceramics, and synthetic strings.
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What fuels a rocket?

Rockets are usually fueled by chemical propellants or engines.
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What's racket's significance in badminton?

In badminton, the racket is a crucial piece of equipment for striking the shuttlecock.
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Can racket mean a dispute?

Historically, racket could refer to a loud dispute or argument, though this usage is now archaic.
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