- the intersection of two vaults.
- the construction of groined vaults.
Origin of groining
- Anatomy. the fold or hollow on either side of the front of the body where the thigh joins the abdomen.
- the general region of this fold or hollow.
- Architecture. the curved line or edge formed by the intersection of two vaults.
- Also groyne. a small jetty extending from a shore to prevent beach erosion.
- Architecture. to form with groins.
Origin of groin
Examples from the Web for groining
The bosses in the groining are yellow and green, as in the capitals.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]
H. J. L. J. Mass
The mouldings of the groining are extremely bold and simple.Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain
George Edmund Street
In the side-aisles there is no groining, but only cross vaulting.Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)
Its vaulting was pointed, with groining resting on columns, whose capitals were either Romanesque or Gothic.
The ceiling beneath it is blue sprinkled with golden stars, and the groining of the arches which support it is golden also.Stained Glass Tours in France
Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
- the depression or fold where the legs join the abdomenRelated adjective: inguinal
- euphemistic the genitals, esp the testicles
- a variant spelling (esp US) of groyne
- architect a curved arris formed where two intersecting vaults meet
- (tr) architect to provide or construct with groins
Word Origin and History for groining
1590s, earlier grine (1530s), from Middle English grynde "groin" (c.1400), originally "depression in the ground," from Old English grynde "abyss," perhaps also "depression, hollow," from Proto-Germanic *grundus (see ground). Altered 16c. by influence of loin or obsolete groin "snout." The architectural groin "edge formed by the intersection of two vaults" is from 1725.
- The crease or hollow at the junction of the inner part of each thigh with the trunk, together with the adjacent region and often including the external genitals.