rock

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noun
1 hard, stony part of the earth
ADJECTIVE
hard, solid

Solid rock is broken down by weathering.

soft
jagged, rough, sharp
smooth
flat
slippery

The rocks were slippery as I tried to climb them.

weathered
bare, barren, exposed

Ahead the vegetation broke into bare rock.

sheer, steep

The river runs between walls of sheer rock.

overhanging
liquid, molten
crushed
loose

an avalanche of loose rock

falling

Signs warn of the perils of falling rock.

igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, volcanic
permeable (esp. BrE), porous
… OF ROCK
chunk, lump, piece, slab
VERB + ROCK
form
climb, skip (AmE), skip over

Lars taught me to skip rocks.

ROCK + VERB
form

rocks that formed beneath the sea

jut out

A great rock jutted out into the water.

ROCK + NOUN
type
formation, structure
layer, strata
cliff, ledge, outcrop, outcropping (AmE)
face, surface, wall
crevice
debris, dust, fragment, sample, specimen
fall, slide

The path had been blocked by a rock fall.

crystal, salt
climber, climbing
pool (esp. BrE) (usually tide pool in AmE)

Children were looking for crabs in the rock pools.

quarry
pile
art, carvings, painting
garden
PHRASES
as hard as a rock (esp. AmE), as hard as rock (esp. BrE)
a layer of rock, an outcrop of rock

The castle is perched on a massive outcrop of rock.

sleep like a rock (AmE)

You slept like a rock last night.

2 (AmE) small stone; stone that can be thrown
ADJECTIVE
large, small
heavy
… OF ROCKS
mound, pile
VERB + ROCK
pick up
pelt sb with, throw

Protesters pelted the soldiers with rocks.

They used to throw rocks at neighborhood dogs.

3 music
ADJECTIVE
live
acid, alternative, arena (esp. AmE), blues, classic, country, folk, garage, glam, hard, heavy, indie, mainstream, modern, pop, progressive, psychedelic, punk, soft
60s, 80s, etc.
ROCK + NOUN
anthem, ballad, number, riff, song, tune
lyrics, music
album, CD, record, video
act, band, group, outfit
concert, festival, gig (esp. BrE)
musical, opera, show, soundtrack
club, venue
scene

one of the biggest bands on the rock scene

artist, drummer, guitarist, musician, singer
guitar
hero, icon, idol, legend, star
stardom
critic

influential rock critics

fan
chick

She was a rock chick through and through.

culture, history
radio, station

Ryan changed the radio to a rock station.

PHRASES
rock and roll

the king of rock and roll

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verb
ADVERB
violently

The boat rocked violently in the huge waves.

gently, slightly

She gently rocked the baby in her arms.

The boat rocked slightly.

slowly
back and forth, backwards and forwards, from side to side, to and fro

He rocked back and forth in his chair.

Rock is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑blast, ↑boat, ↑earthquake, ↑explosion, ↑scandal
Rock is used with these nouns as the object: ↑baby, ↑boat, ↑chair, ↑foundation, ↑world
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adv.
Rock is used with these adjectives: ↑solid, ↑steady

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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