rock Definition

  • 1a solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth and other similar planets, exposed on the surface or underlying the soil or oceans
  • 2a large piece of rock that has become detached from a cliff or mountain; a boulder
  • 3a person or thing that is strong, reliable, or consistent

Using rock: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rock" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The climbers scaled the rock face with ease.

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    The beach was covered in smooth rocks.

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    He's been my rock through tough times.

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    The foundation of the building is built on solid rock.

rock Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with rock

  • in a difficult and inescapable position


    I'm between a rock and a hard place - I need to finish this project but I also need to take care of my sick child.

  • in a state of difficulty, especially because of financial problems or a failing relationship


    Their marriage is on the rocks after he lost his job.

  • the lowest possible level or point


    After losing everything, he hit rock bottom and had to start over.


Summary: rock in Brief

The term 'rock' [rษ’k] refers to a solid mineral material found on the surface of the earth or other planets, as well as a detached piece of a cliff or mountain. It can also refer to a person or thing that is strong and reliable. Common phrases include 'between a rock and a hard place,' meaning in a difficult position, 'on the rocks,' referring to a failing relationship or financial problems, and 'rock bottom,' meaning the lowest possible point.

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