English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'rocket'

(noun) 
Definition
a self-propelling device, usually cylindrical, which produces thrust by expelling through a nozzle the gases produced by burning fuel, such as one used as a firework or distress signal
There has been a rocket attack on the capital.
Synonyms
missile
nuclear missiles
,
projectile
an enormous artillery gun used to fire a huge projectile
(verb) 
Definition
to increase rapidly
Fresh food is so scarce that prices have rocketed sharply.
Synonyms
,
rise
We need to increase our charges in order to meet rising costs.
,
soar
soaring unemployment
,
spiral
a spiralling trend of violence
,
shoot up
,
increase dramatically
,
go through the roof
(verb) 
A train rocketed by.
Synonyms
zoom
A police car zoomed by.
,
shoot
They had almost reached the boat when a figure shot past them.
,
career
The car went careering off down the track.
,
speed
The engine noise rises only slightly as I speed along.
,
tear
The door flew open and she tore into the room.
,
whizz
A car whizzed past.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of career
Definition
to rush in an uncontrolled way
The car went careering off down the track.
Synonyms
barrel (along) (informal),
burn rubber (informal)
in the sense of projectile
Definition
an object thrown as a weapon or fired from a gun
an enormous artillery gun used to fire a huge projectile
in the sense of rise
Definition
to increase in amount or value
We need to increase our charges in order to meet rising costs.
Synonyms
go up,
get higher

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