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  1. the intersection of two vaults.
  2. the construction of groined vaults.
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Origin of groining

First recorded in 1645–55


  1. Anatomy. the fold or hollow on either side of the front of the body where the thigh joins the abdomen.
  2. the general region of this fold or hollow.
  3. Architecture. the curved line or edge formed by the intersection of two vaults.
  4. Also groyne. a small jetty extending from a shore to prevent beach erosion.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Architecture. to form with groins.
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Origin of groin

1350–1400; earlier grine, Middle English grinde; compare Old English grynde abyss, akin to grund bottom, ground1
Related formsun·groined, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for groining


  1. the depression or fold where the legs join the abdomenRelated adjective: inguinal
  2. euphemistic the genitals, esp the testicles
  3. a variant spelling (esp US) of groyne
  4. architect a curved arris formed where two intersecting vaults meet
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  1. (tr) architect to provide or construct with groins
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Word Origin for groin

C15: perhaps from English grynde abyss; related to ground 1
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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.

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groining in Medicine


  1. 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.
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