Etymology
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Words related to rock

rock-face (n.)

"vertical expanse of natural rock," 1847, from rock (n.1) + face (n.).

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rock-garden (n.)

"garden consisting of rocks and rock-plants," 1819, from rock (n.1) + garden (n.).

rock-hound (n.)

1921, from rock (n.1) + hound (n.). Used of geologists in roughneck slang, also used colloquially of amateur collectors.

rockpile (n.)

also rock-pile, "heap of stones," originally and especially one in a prison yard that convicts are tasked with breaking into smaller stones, 1888, from rock (n.1) + pile (n.1).

rock-ribbed (adj.)

1776, originally of land, "having rocky rib-like ridges;" figurative sense of "resolute" is recorded by 1887; see rock (n.) + rib (n.). 

rocks (n.)

plural of rock (n.1). Meaning "ice cubes" is from 1946; slang meaning "testicles" is attested by 1948 in the phrase get (one's) rocks off "achieve intense satisfaction." On the rocks "likely to be ruined or wrecked" is from 1889, a figurative use of the expression with reference to ships (by 1735), with further figurative extension to marriages, romances, etc., by 1958. Of an alcoholic drink, on the rocks, "served over ice cubes," is by 1946.

rock-salt (n.)

"salt existing in nature in the solid form" (opposed to sea-salt, etc.) and capable of being extracted by chunks, 1707, from rock (n.1) + salt (n.).

Sheetrock (n.)

1921, proprietary name (claiming use from 1917) of a type of plaster wall-board, U.S. Gypsum Co., Chicago, Ill.; from sheet (n.1) + rock (n.).

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