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skyrocket

Noun

1 propels bright light high in the sky, or used to propel a lifesaving line or harpoon [syn: rocket]
2 sends a firework display high into the sky [syn: rocket] v : shoot up abruptly, like a rocket; "prices skyrocketed" [syn: rocket]

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English

Noun

  1. a type of firework that uses a solid rocket motor to rise quickly into the sky where it emits a variety of effects such as stars, bangs, crackles, etc.

Verb

  1. To increase suddenly and extremely; to shoot up; to surge or spike.
    The shortage caused prices to skyrocket.

Extensive Definition

A skyrocket is a type of firework that uses a solid rocket motor to rise quickly into the sky. At the apex of its ascent, it is usual for a variety of effects (stars, bangs, crackles, etc.) to be emitted. Sky rockets use various stabilisation techniques to ensure the flight follows a predictable course, often a long stick attached to the side of the motor, but also including spin-stabilisation or fins. In the United Kingdom firework rockets are sold by weight, e.g.: 4 oz, 8 oz, 1 lb. This is not the weight of the rocket itself, but rather of a lead sphere whose diameter matches that of the rocket motor, officially defined as "The weight of a lead sphere that is just supported by a tube that the rocket motor will just fit into."

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skyrocket in German: Feuerwerksrakete
skyrocket in Spanish: Cohete (pirotecnia)
skyrocket in Dutch: Vuurpijl

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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