a spacecraft powered by rockets
1925 N.Y. Times 22 Nov. ix. 4/1
What if…large passenger-carrying rocket-ships could be launched into the void beyond the zone of the earth’s downward pull?
No means of conveyance other than the belts called jumpers, almost constantly worn by everybody, and an occasional rocket ship, used only for longer journeys.
Armageddon—2419 A.D. in Amazing Stories Aug. 429/1
Could he dare slide down that glass-smooth slipway when any second a rocketship in all the fury and power of irresistible motion could come smashing up toward the sky?
Slan in Astounding Science-Fiction Oct. 37/1
None of them had ever built a rocketship, had ever seen one in action even. It was centuries obsolete in Galactic civilization. But gravity drives were out of the question.
Star Ship in Planet Stories Fall 73/2
There was a warning-bell in the shack, and when a rocketship from Lunar City got above the horizon and could send a tight beam, the gong clanged loudly.
Scrimshaw in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 131/2
The rocketship was travelling westwards, drawing a thin, grey line of exhaust across the rich blue of the evening sky.
Some Dreams Come in Packages in J. Carnell New Writings in SF 18 149
The rocket ship had been sent from the dastardly Planet X.
Great Perhaps 248
H. Scheffauer in The New York Times
Research HistoryKathleen Miller submitted a 1925 cite from an article by Herman Scheffauer in the New York Times.
Earliest cite in the OED: 1927.
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