Rock Rock, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rocked};p. pr. & vb. n. {Rocking}.] [AS. roccian; akin to Dan. rokke to move, to snake; cf. Icel. rukkja to pull, move, G. r["u]cken to move, push, pull.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

A rising earthquake rocked the ground. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To move as in a cradle; hence, to put to sleep by rocking; to still; to quiet. ``Sleep rock thy brain.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: Rock differs from shake, as denoting a slower, less violent, and more uniform motion, or larger movements. It differs from swing, which expresses a vibratory motion of something suspended. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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