- a long, narrow cut or indentation in a surface, as the cut in a board to receive the tongue of another board (tongue-and-groove joint), a furrow, or a natural indentation on an organism.
- the track or channel of a phonograph record for the needle or stylus.
- a fixed routine: to get into a groove.
- Printing. the furrow at the bottom of a piece of type.
- Slang. an enjoyable time or experience.
- to cut a groove in; furrow.
- to appreciate and enjoy.
- to please immensely.
- to take great pleasure; enjoy oneself: He was grooving on the music.
- to get along or interact well.
- to fix in a groove.
- in the groove, Slang.
- in perfect functioning order.
- in the popular fashion; up-to-date: If you want to be in the groove this summer, you'll need a bikini.
Origin of groove
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Examples from the Web for groove
Tanaka then settled into a groove, pitching shut-out ball for the next five innings, fanning eight as the Yankees won 7-3.Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine
May 9, 2014
But the fact of the matter is that somewhere along the way, Brooklyn Nine-Nine really did find its groove.How ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Became This Year’s Hottest New Sitcom
January 31, 2014
Very rarely I'll hit a groove and finish early—go for a long walk in the afternoon, or even blow myself to a movie.Blake Bailey: How I Write
March 20, 2013
Post-water break, Rubio managed to get into a groove and ease on in for a smooth-jazz finish.Marco Rubio Winsome in Response to Obama, Rand Paul Mostly Feisty
February 13, 2013
After the Jubilee, it was time for the Olympics, and it seemed the Royals had a chance to get their groove back.How 2012 Turned Into a Very Bad Year For Prince Charles
November 26, 2012
Cover the tongue thoroughly with glue, and also put some on the inside of the groove.
This will leave a groove into which the tongue will fit easily.
From this groove, along with the light, came the soft roaring hiss.
A groove should be cut in the surface of the eccentric, so that this strap will not slip off.
It will be seen that a groove, M, is cut around the piston near the top.
- a long narrow channel or furrow, esp one cut into wood by a tool
- the spiral channel, usually V-shaped, in a gramophone recordSee also microgroove
- one of the spiral cuts in the bore of a gun
- anatomy any furrow or channel on a bodily structure or part; sulcus
- mountaineering a shallow fissure in a rock face or between two rock faces, forming an angle of more than 120°
- a settled existence, routine, etc, to which one is suited or accustomed, esp one from which it is difficult to escape
- slang an experience, event, etc, that is groovy
- in the groove
- jazzplaying well and apparently effortlessly, with a good beat, etc
- (tr) to form or cut a groove in
- (intr) old-fashioned, slang to enjoy oneself or feel in rapport with one's surroundings
- (intr) jazz to play well, with a good beat, etc
Word Origin and History for groove
c.1400, "cave, mine, pit" (late 13c. in place names), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse grod "pit," or from Middle Dutch groeve "furrow, ditch," both from Proto-Germanic *grobo (cf. Old Norse grof "brook, river bed," Old High German gruoba "ditch," Gothic groba "pit, cave," Old English græf "ditch"), related to grave (n.). Sense of "long, narrow channel or furrow" is 1650s. Meaning "spiral cut in a phonograph record" is from 1902. Figurative sense of "routine" is from 1842, often deprecatory at first, "a rut."
1680s, "make a groove," from groove (n.). Slang sense is from late 1930s. Related: Grooved; grooving.
- A rut, groove, or narrow depression or channel in a surface.
Idioms and Phrases with groove
see in the groove.