- a joint between two boards in which a raised area on the edge of one board fits into a corresponding groove in the edge of the other to produce a flush surface.
Origin of tongue-and-groove joint
- 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
- a joint made between two boards by means of a tongue along the edge of one board that fits into a groove along the edge of the other board
- 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 tongue-and-groove joint
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 tongue-and-groove joint
see in the groove.